Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 09/04/2019

Fishing has slowed down in some places and heated up in others. Smallmouth bass fishing on the streams of the Cumberland Plateau has been good to excellent while the tailwaters have slowed down somewhat.

In the Smokies, streams are getting low and warm. Stick with mid and high elevation streams for now until we get some rain and cooler weather. Right now it looks like this will probably last for another week although we do have some rain forecast next week. Let's hope that happens! A variety of bugs are working here, but lean heavily on your terrestrial box. Yellow Stimulators in particular have also been good lately.

The Caney Fork continues to produce a few fish here and there. Stripers are still thick in the river which isn't helping the trout at all. As long as things stay dry, this will be a viable option. There are a few large fish present if you know where to look. Yesterday's big fish was a 21.5" rainbow caught while sight fishing. Don't expect that every day, but if you're prepared to put in your time, there are good fish to be caught (and released!!!).

The Clinch seems to be in the middle of the annual late summer drawdown of Norris Lake. High water will be the norm here for the next few weeks. If you don't have a boat, then don't bother except, possibly, during early mornings. Weekends are offering some morning windows but crowds will generally be thick as well.

Fall fishing is not far off. The Clinch should fish well unless we have a wet fall. Sometime between mid October and early November, we should see flows start to come down. The Smokies are my personal favorite for fall fishing. The fish will be hungry and maybe even looking up!

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Friday, January 17, 2014

Weekend Fishing Prospects

Another weekend is upon us and I'm sure there are plenty of people everywhere looking to get out and fish a bit.  The football playoffs will help limit crowds although the weather will also play a part to accomplish the same goal.  The best temperatures we expect over the next week look to happen on Monday.  With long term forecasts suggesting that highs after Monday will struggle to get above freezing, this weekend will be your best opportunity to get out and catch some trout.

In the Smokies, expect the cold weather to keep things tough but not impossible.  The larger browns and rainbows will still be looking to eat.  Most days will produce the best fishing after the sun has had a chance to nudge the water temperatures even a degree or two.  The actual temperature is not as important as the temperature's general direction.  The big browns will probably be willing to chase if you feel like tossing streamers.  Use heavy tippet and hold on.  These days will feature long hours and your reward may only be one fish.  When that fish has the chance to be over twenty inches it makes it all worth your time.

I'm hoping to be out fishing on Sunday chasing either trout or maybe even musky.  Hopefully there will be a report and pictures to follow soon!

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