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, May 25, 2014

Where Are You Fishing?

Fishing around middle and east Tennessee continues to be phenomenal.  The Smokies are really fishing well and the tailwaters are doing great also.  The Caney is fishing about as consistently as you can ever see.  However, I'm not fishing this weekend.  Yes, you read that correctly.  While everyone else is out enjoying the long weekend, I'm not getting out to fish.

That is because I hate crowds.  Fortunately, all of the reports I'm getting from people still indicate great fishing so I guess no one is suffering out there.

So, my question is "where are you fishing this weekend?" Since I'm not fishing I need some good fishing stories.  Help me out!

8 comments:

  1. Great fishing on the White River and North Fork river near Norfork, Arkansas this weekend - some crowds but not overhwhelimg - river levels are perfect not too hot yet! And this from a Colorado fly fisher visiting friends inArkansas.

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    1. I have yet to fish out in Arkansas but really need to do it one of these days and am hoping to make it back out to Colorado this summer or fall. Its looking like a good water year!

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  2. Coreb62 forgot to tell you that a lot of Colorado water (at least that I'm interested in) are in runoff or close to it. And I hate crowds also.

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    1. Howard, based on some of the pictures I've seen, it looks like you should be hitting the warm water stuff now.

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  3. Doing the smart thing, staying home.

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    1. It seems that everyone who knows much of anything is doing the same. Hope you are able to get out now that the crowds are hopefully all back home...

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  4. David
    I am doing the same thing as you staying home. I will be back on the water by the middle of week. Since I retired I never fish anymore on weekends. Tuesday and Thursday are my fishing days.

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    1. Bill, hope you are doing well on your bluegill quest. I had a couple of friends catching some big ones this evening...

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