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, April 04, 2014

Finally, Spring Crappie


Crappie fishing is one of the great simple pleasures in the life of a fisherman.  This time of year they can be found in shallow water hanging out close to brush piles and generally eating just about anything.  Usually they really turn on by the middle of March, but this year everything is running a little behind schedule.  When Tyler called the other day to ask about fishing for some crappie I figured it was time to go take a look.

When we got to the lake, the fish were noticeably absent from some of the better spots.  The water was low and clear, the previous night had been cold, and the sun was high and bright in the sky.  In situations like that, it can be best to just cover water until you find what you are looking for and that is what we chose to do.

Back in a shaded cove that has held fish in past years, we finally found what we had been looking for.   The fish were tight in to structure which made getting flies to them a bit tricky.  We finally figured out the right combination of fly and presentation though and were soon catching fish.  Tyler had a big grin on his face every time he pulled one out.


The warm water fishing will only get better over the next few weeks as things continue to warm.  With plenty of rain the past couple of days and more on the way for early next week, I'm starting to think that tailwaters may be off the to-do list for a while.  Local lakes and ponds will provide some fun action filled trips until I can get back on the Caney Fork or over to the Smokies!

12 comments:

  1. David! Nice post and sweet crappie! Thanks for sharing glad the water is warming because we are still fighting snow!!!!hahahahaha TIghtlines!

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    1. Thanks! I've been watching the weather out there in CO. I'm glad you are getting plenty of snow. It is a pain now but it is looking like a great water year for some good fishing!

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  2. David
    Crappie on the fly is one species I haven't landed yet. I'm glad you guys made a connection. Thanks for shairng

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    1. Bill, they are some of the most fun you can have on the fly rod. Hope you find some this year!

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  3. Nothing wrong with a fist full of Crappie.

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  4. You're so lucky to be getting out for spring crappie already! I think we've got a couple of weeks before I can get enough open water in my favorite spots. And yes, crappie fishing is one of the greatest pleasures.

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    1. Thanks! I'm actually surprised it has taken us this long as we normally would have pretty good crappie action about two weeks ago. This has been a strange year...

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  5. David, happen to agree with you on the pleasures of Crappie fishing. As the NoCo Nympher said in his response, the Front Range is still in cold mode, Will be awhile before some decent Crappie fishing out our way.

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    1. Mel, I hope you guys don't go crazy waiting out the last of the cold weather. As I mentioned above to NoCo Nympher, at least all this snow will translate to good fishing later this year...

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  6. All I remember about crappie fishing is that I ate like a king afterwards!

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    1. Howard, that seems to be the one thing everyone agrees on when I mention crappie fishing...

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