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September 20, 2017 Fishing Report

September 20, 2017 Fishing Report

I made my annual pilgrimage to northern Wisconsin to fish for those fall smallies on the Flambeau, Chippewa, and Jump Rivers. The latter half of September and the first couple of weeks in October is historically the best time to fish for smallies on these rivers as...

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July 18, 2017 Fishing Report

July 18, 2017 Fishing Report

Another trip to Melton Hill Dam to fish for stripers in the heat of the day. I managed to catch six fish that averaged around thirteen pounds. The biggest fish pictured above weighed twenty-three and half pounds and was thirty-seven and half inches long.

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July 11, 2017 Fishing Report

July 11, 2017 Fishing Report

Back to Melton Hill Dam to fish the tailrace for those hard fighting stripers. The weather is hot, but so was the fishing. I managed to catch seven fish in three hours of fishing that averaged around fifteen pounds on medium-sized gizzard shad. The largest fish that...

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July 10, 2017 Fishing Report

July 10, 2017 Fishing Report

It's been a couple of weeks since my last trip to Melton Hill. The striper fishing is continuing to improve. On this trip I drifted live gizzard shad below the dam and caught several nice fish. Most of them weighed from 12-17 lbs. with the big fish of the day weighing...

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February 22, 2017 Fishing Report

February 22, 2017 Fishing Report

Water temperatures continue to rise on the French Broad River as the unseasonably warm weather persists and the smallies continue to respond with another good day on the water. I caught approximately 20 fish in a five hour trip. Most of the fish today were between 15...

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Big February French Broad Smallmouth

Big February French Broad Smallmouth

It might be February, but unseasonably warm weather has the big Smallmouth Bass on the move and feeding in the French Broad River. The water temperature on the section of the river I was fishing was up to 51 degrees. Like the last several weeks I have been catching...

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Winter River Smallmouth Fishing

Winter River Smallmouth Fishing

You look at the weather forecast with highs in the forties with a brisk wind out of the northwest and debate whether or not you want to fight the elements and fish today for those winter river smallmouth.To add insult to injury its January and the water temperatures...

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Oct. 18, 2016 Fishing Report

Oct. 18, 2016 Fishing Report

Peter contacted me during the summer about a guided fly fishing trip for smallies, but we decided to delay the trip until fall when the weather was cooler. I wanted to accommadate him with a fly fishing trip, but I had spent some time in the previous days stripping...

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Oct. 12, 2016 Fishing Report

Oct. 12, 2016 Fishing Report

The calendar says it is supposed to be Fall here in East Tennessee, but the warm summer-like temperatures continue and the persistent drought has reduced the water releases at Douglas Dam and kept the water temperatures in the mid-seventies. Also, there is an...

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Oct. 5, 2016 Fishing Report

Oct. 5, 2016 Fishing Report

Jack joined me again for a second day of fly fishing for smallies, but we decided to change locations and fish the area around the confluence of the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers. The evening before, in that same stretch of river I had a 16 in. smallie on when a Muskie...

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Oct. 3, 2016 Fishing Report

Oct. 3, 2016 Fishing Report

For the past few years I have been stopping by a local convenience store to buy bait, food, and fishing supplies and befriended one of the employees who likes to fish. Dave used to own a home on the Flambeau River and we have talked frequently about spending a day on...

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Oct. 1, 2016 Fishing Report

Oct. 1, 2016 Fishing Report

Gary, my former work associate and long time friend was able to join me for three days of fishing in Wisconsin. This a trip we have been planning for several years, but even with high water conditions we were able to catch about 30 smallies a day. The weather was...

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Sept. 29, 2016 Fishing Report

I had the good fortune of meeting Tim, a fellow smallmouth fly fisherman in August on the Flambeau River. He was fishing out of a kayak and I was in my Stealthcraft Powerdrifter Sled, but we decided from across the river that we would try to put a trip together when I...

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Sept. 28, 2016

I had an enjoyable day on the Flambeau watching my fly fishing buddy Jack, strip streamers the entire day for those fat fall smallies. The fishing was tough, but he fished hard was able to catch about a dozen nice fish like the one pictured above.

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Sept. 26, 2016 Fishing Report

Sept. 26, 2016 Fishing Report

I have fished this section of the Flambeau River for over 35 years and I have seen a number of large smallies that weighed in the high fours hoisted into the boat, but none that what I would call a legitimate 5 lb. fish. Today that changed with this 20 1/4 in. 5 lb. 1...

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Sept. 23, 2016 Fishing Report

Sept. 23, 2016 Fishing Report

Made my annual trip to Wisconsin to fish for those fall smallmouth on the Flambeau and Chippewa Rivers. I arrived to find the rivers to be at least two feet high due to recent heavy rains and the current running faster than normal. However, we were undeterred by the...

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Sept. 18, 2016 Fishing Report

I had the good fortune to take Matt and Adrianna from Shreveport, LA on a guided yet soggy fishing adventure. We had scheduled an afternoon trip, but with a line of heavy showers west of Knoxville that were moving in our direction we discussed cancelling. They both...

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September 8, 2016 Fishing Report

I spent a couple of weeks in August fishing for smallies on the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers in Wisconsin with my wife, brother and sister. This is an annual tradition and even though we had to fish with the rivers running high most of the time we did manage to catch...

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July 15, 2016 Fishing Report

July 15, 2016 Fishing Report

My fishing buddy from West Virginia made a trip down to East Tennessee to explore some new water. We decided to fish for stripers below Melton Dam on the Clinch River. Rumor had it that a good number of stripers had moved up the river and were occupying miles of water...

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June 23, 2016 Fishing Report

June 23, 2016 Fishing Report

I decided to spend some time and fish below Douglas Dam today. They were running 7500 cfs and I was able to catch a combination of Hybrid Striped Bass, White Bass, and a Striper. The water temperature was 58 degrees while the air temperature hovered near 90. From...

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Multi-Species Day

Multi-Species Day

I was excited to book a second guided fishing trip for Michael, Christine, and Ray from Indiana. They fished with me on Thursday and before leaving Pigeon Forge to head back home we got together for another trip on the French Broad River. The conditions on the French...

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June 16, 2016 Fishing Report

June 16, 2016 Fishing Report

I had a great time fishing with Christine, Mike, and Ray from Indiana. They were down in Pigeon Forge to watch Ray compete in a baseball tournament, but managed to spare some time to fish for smallies on the Little Pigeon and French Broad Rivers. This was one of those...

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June 6, 2016 Fishing Report

Fished the Holston River today. Light winds, sunny skies, and temperatures in the 80's made it a great day to be on the water. They have not been generating a lot at the dam which makes it much easier to find and catch smallies at the various shoals I fish. That is...

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June 3, 2016 Fishing Report

June 3, 2016 Fishing Report

I had to fight some stained water today on the French Broad River after several days of scattered thunderstorms. The area on the French Broad I fished had a tributary that joined the river. The tributary was heavily stained with a water temperature of 82 degrees....

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May 23, 2016 Fishing Report

There is a lot of water to fish in East Tennessee for river smallies and I spend quite a bit of time fishing new areas so I can increase the opportunities to put my clients on actively feeding fish. I can go back and pound the same water over and over again, but I...

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Pigeon River Smallmouth

Pigeon River Smallmouth

A couple of days ago I caught some really nice fish on the Nolichucky River and my plan was to return to that same section of the river. However, as I was motoring upstream and as luck would have it a heavy rain shower dumped a lot of rain just upstream from where I...

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Three Smallies Over 20

Three Smallies Over 20

Smallmouth fishing has continued to be good on the French Broad River. Stable flows and a period of cool weather has dropped the daytime water temperatures into the low 60's. I caught 20 smallies today with the three largest over 20".

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Three Smallies Over 21

Three Smallies Over 21

The French Broad River fished well today as I managed to catch 26 smallies. The majority of the fish were between 16 and 19 inches, but the highlight of the trip was landing three large smallies over 21 inches. I have fished for smallmouth bass for decades but I don't...

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Holston River Smallmouth

Holston River Smallmouth

I shifted gears and made a trip over to the Holston River. The river is very fishable right now with the low discharge rates from Cherokee Dam. The water temperature was 70 degrees in the section I fished. I caught 17 fish the majority of those being smallmouth, but I...

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May Day On The French Broad

May Day On The French Broad

Water conditions could not be more perfect as the generation schedule at Douglas Dam has been averaging about a 1000 cfs over the past several days. Starting to see increasing numbers of large female smallies that appear to be post spawn. I caught 33 smallies today...

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Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

It was a famiy affair today as Paul, his wife, and their young daughter joined me for a few hours of fishing on the French Broad River. Within eyesight of their home we were on the smallmouth right out of the gate. Everyone caught fish and within a couple of hours...

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Late April Smallmouth

Late April Smallmouth

After an unforseen hiatus from fishing for a few days I returned to find that the smallmouth fishing on the French Broad River has gotten even better. One of my favorite spots to fish that really has not produced all spring finally became active. The size of the fish...

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The Spawn is On

The Spawn is On

Our third day of fishing found us with that persistent east wind and bright sunny skies. Bob and Jenni's last day of fishing was almost a carbon copy of the day before. They caught smallies during the late morning into the middle of the afternoon and then they turned...

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Cloud Cover Smallmouth

Cloud Cover Smallmouth

My close friends from Wisconsin Bob and Jenni paid me a visit to chase some big mid-April smallies on the Little Pigeon and French Broad Rivers. We started fishing late in the morning with light winds and clear skies. A few fish were boated, but then we had some cloud...

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Pair of 4 lb. Plus Smallies

Pair of 4 lb. Plus Smallies

For the first time this spring we did see some smallies on the beds in the Little Pigeon River. The water is low and gin clear right now. The trip started out sunny with very little wind. But as the day wore on a front moved in with clouds, light rain, and a brisk...

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50 Fish Day

50 Fish Day

Robert Fuller and I decided to take his drift boat and move further upstream in the Little Pigeon River to see if the numbers of smallies were increasing as they continue to move in from the French Broad River to spawn. The water was shallow and clear with the water...

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Little Pigeon River Smallies

Little Pigeon River Smallies

I had the pleasure of fishing with four anglers today from the great state of Wisconsin. Jim James, his son Ryan and his sons Landon and Manny all jumped into my 18' Kenai Power Drifter Sled as we ventured out in pursuit of smallies on the French Broad and Little...

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River Smallies on The Move

River Smallies on The Move

After returning from my trip fishing for walleyes on the New River in West Virginia my focus has shifted to fish for smallies in the French Broad and Little Pigeon Rivers in East Tennessee. The extended period of unseasonably warm weather has the peak daytime water...

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