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

About David Knapp



David Knapp grew up fishing middle and eastern Tennessee, especially the waters of the Great Smoky Mountains.  By the late '90s, he was delving into the tailwater game, learning the ins and outs of fishing midges and other bugs that are especially prevalent on rivers like the Caney Fork.  Starting in 2004, David has spent a considerable amount of time around the western United States, fishing in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.  In 2012, he moved to Colorado for a year and a half which allowed him to continue to gain additional skills and learn techniques from seasoned Rocky Mountain anglers.  Now, David has moved back to his home state of Tennessee and is guiding in the Great Smoky Mountains as well as on area tailwaters.  A relatively unknown destination that anglers will enjoy is the Cumberland Plateau warm water streams that offer pristine smallmouth and panfish opportunities and even the occasional musky.

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