UPDATE: 11/30/2015 -- The spawn is mostly over and unfortunately we are facing high water for the next few days. Fishing will be difficult except with streamers from the bank. If you happen to see a big fish sitting out, try small streamers or nymphs and heavy tippet. Please avoid walking on and near the redds this time of year. The ability of the brown trout to successfully reproduce is essential to the future of the fishery. If you do not know what a redd looks like, avoid walking on the fine gravel (golfball and smaller) in riffles and the tailouts of pools. Fish that are paired up in these areas are probably spawning and are best left alone.
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork will feature high water of two generator or greater flows for at least the next several days and probably longer. Streamers are the only possibility right now. Hard fishing and tired arms are the norm under these conditions. Some days will end with no fish but you also have the chance at the largest fish you have ever caught. Once flows come down a bit to one generator, the streamer fishing should be good. Good casting skills are a must. Contact me about a float trip if you want to enjoy this fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth fishing is done for the year but musky fishing is just getting going. Last week, we moved 4 fish and had one eat from a solid 40"+ fish that came unbuttoned. High water will often be the norm through winter and we'll float in between when the flows stabilize and the water clears. Right now, flows are spiking up and look to stay elevated for several days at best. Stay tuned for more on this great fishing as we head deeper into the cold season. If you are interested in a guided musky float, check with me about what it entails.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Low and Slow
Those two words sum up my Caney Fork experience late this afternoon. Rumors of minimal numbers of fish in the river needed to be tested, and I found it to be true, sorta. The river still has fish in it, but overall I would say that the fishing was as slow as I've ever experienced there. The water was unbelievably low. I have no idea why the Corps is not at least running a 200 CFS sluice but something clearly needs to be done.
Information from reliable sources suggests that trout stocking has not really been taking place much over the winter months because of poor water quality. The water seemed unusually warm to me for this early in the year, and I can only hope there is enough cool water in the lake as we head into the warm months to support trout through until next winter. At least some big fish have survived but the larger rainbows in particular seem to have taken a hit.
The good news is that the fish will still eat. Good midge hatches are happening on the upper river. You will notice right away that the birds are working above the water for their food. The other thing you will notice is the distinct lack of rising fish. If you go, focus on the deeper water and on the shoals where faster water funnels into the deeper runs. Midges and sow bugs will catch some fish...
If you really want to fish, there are still fish to be caught but until the flows improve, expect to work hard for every fish. The low clear water produces some very spooky trout. The fish you do catch will all be healthy looking fish with their fins intact, at least until the stocking truck shows up. Don't expect big numbers of fish, but at least you're out on the water.
Posted by David Knapp at 9:18 PM