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

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Be Careful!

The warm weather is bringing all kinds of critters out.  I've already seen ticks and mosquitos, and just this last week I found the first snake of the year sunning on our sidewalk out front.  The very next day I saw not one, not two, but three garter snakes on a fishing trip to the local state park.  

Once the garter snakes start showing up, you can bet that the less desirables like the copperheads and rattlers are not far behind.  Be careful in places like the Smokies when you sneak up over those rocky banks.  I've seen rattlers sunning along Little River in April before so just pay attention to your surroundings and where you are walking...


8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminders. I was all set to come fishing with you, but, me and snakes crawl in different directions.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mel, one thing I loved especially about CO was that I didn't have to worry about copperheads. Rattlers don't worry me as much since they usually start making noise. The copperheads just blend in and stay quiet until it's too late...

      Delete
  2. David
    I am no fan of snakes of any kind, thanks for the reminder.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bill, I assume you are far enough south that you also have to worry about water moccasins. Thankfully it is too cold here for them...

      Delete
  3. With the weather hitting the mid-80's this week, it's about time. Just for the record, I hate snakes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mark, I'm not exactly a big fan of 'em either...

      Delete
  4. I thought this same thing walking the banks on Friday. The weather was in the 80's and turtles were sunning themselves all over. With all the dead leaves it would be nearly impossible to spot a copperhead unless it was moving. I paid way more attention to the sides of the trail than I normally would.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are a wise man! I've stepped over/around so many copperheads that I didn't see until I was way too close that I STARE at the ground ahead of me in the warm months. Too bad as I'm sure the scenery is probably nice on occasion...

      Delete

Newsletter

Subscribe to the Trout Zone Anglers Newsletter!

* indicates required