Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 12/3/2019

Winter fishing is nearly upon us. Snow yesterday has given way to falling water temperatures in the Smokies. In general, fish will be hunkered down, although by tomorrow they should start to get more active again as temperatures warm. For the next three months, expect many more fish in the slower places in the Park. Think nymphs and maybe streamers but don't be surprised to find fish rising to blue-winged olives or midges on some days.

On tailwaters like the Clinch, brown trout and some fall spawn rainbows are doing their thing. This is a good time to review good ethics when it comes to spawning trout. Remember that these are the next generation of trout and the best thing you can do is to leave them alone. Avoid wading through spawning areas and don't fish for obvious spawners. For the foreseeable future, we should have high water thanks to big rains this last weekend. Fishing out of the drift boat will be very good through the winter with both nymphing and streamer fishing a distinct possibility. Want to swing for the fences and go for just one monster? Streamers will just get better and better going into January and February.

The Caney is slowly coming around. A few shad are coming through the dam, but lingering water quality problems are limiting the fishing. Winter streamer floats will produce shots at larger brown trout for anglers willing to work hard. Next spring should bring good fishing again.

Winter is our favorite time to get on the musky streams. In between bouts of high water, those will be fishing well for the next few months.

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Chuck Strikes Again

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Chuck Strikes Again

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.

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    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...

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

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    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...

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

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

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  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.

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    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...

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