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  2. rusty50576

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I didnt know there was white bass up that way, anybody ever catch whites in Fontana??
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  4. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I'd put the pictures here but I don't know how to down-rez 'em to fit. See 'em at Caroliner. The big Perch was beautiful and had the most red lower fins that I've ever seen. They're usually quite orange. I didn't take a very good picture of the Steelhead Rainbow. It was a purr-fect is a gxample of their stretched-out torso. We did miss a few species. After catching nearly all Browns on my last trip up there, I expected to catch one, but no. We saw a school of fish sitting deep and hoped they were Walleyes but they must of been White Bass because we caught two 'em in a row. Rex has yet to catch a Walleye. I wish we'd luck into one on one of our trips. A Walleye and a Brown would of been a slam.
  5. inthebox30lbs

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Great mixed bag right there. Good work
  6. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    See my fishing report over at NC Anglers Forum. Rex and I hit Santeetlah yesterday. The top of the lake is so very warm. The TD Hawk revealed the temp was 51 at 100 feet down by the dam. We trolled the spoons on the downrigger at 50 feet. We ran size Zero and One Dipsy Divers with spoons, a flat line with a plug, and my new ultra light lead-core rod with a plug. We had 5 lines out all day. We take turns on the fish. Rex went first. As we trolled away upstream from the dam, it only took about 3 minutes to get a strike. Rex caught a 16" Yellow Perch. I was just finishing putting out the second line, the downrigger spoon, when the Perch struck. We caught another smaller Perch, 2 Largemouths, 2 Smallmouths, 2 White Bass, and 3 Rainbows. All the fish, except one Largemouth, hit at 35 feet or deeper. It was Rex's turn when the two best Trout hit. He caught a 20.5" , 3.15 pound Rainbow, and an 18" Steelhead Rainbow. Some of the Rainbows in there are the Steelhead strain that have several extra vertebrae and have a longer build. I had a small spoon with a single hook on the downrigger at the start of the day. We only hooked one of the first four strikes on that spoon. I managed my only Rainbow on it. I took it off and put a blue & silver Michigan Stinger Scorpion, 2.25", spoon on with a treble hook. The two bigger Rainbows hit it. I usually catch more Trout and less other at Santeetlah but the Perch and White Bass we had for din-din were tasty. We're having Trout tonight. Well, we had a good time. Rex was tickled about his biggest ever Rainbow. We let all the Black Bass go.....
  7. Fisher87

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I was at Santeetlah last weekend. I caught over 20 trout, 2 eyes, white bass, and a 12 inch yellow perch. Not to mention alot of bass. I did nothing but troll. Spoons seemed to be best. Lower lake. Most hits around 40ft. Bass on surface. Let me know how you do. I'll be back up I a few weeks. Got farming to do in the meantime. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  8. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    My brother and I are going to Santeetlah. I'm gonna have one more go at Watauga soon. I might try trolling for Walleyes at Watauga part of the day. I see folks trolling near the banks and figure that's how to pop some Walleyes....???
  9. inthebox30lbs

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Right now it would be hard to drive past Chilhowee. Buddy of mine has been punishing the bows pulling NH1’s and NH2’s 12-25 down on the riggers. I want to fish Santeelah but know several that fish it often and there wanting to make the run to Watauga/Dale Hollow/Chilhowee. Nantahala has been giving up some impressive bows and a few nice browns as well. The herring are growing the trout just as anticipated. Nantahala is going to be hot in the next few years. Watauga is still fishing well but you will kill a lot of fish bringing them up through all that warm water. I hate wasting the fish like that. Last October we were taking fish with 145ft of cable out. 55degress was 100 down on my Moore sub troll. A lot of stress on those fish.
  10. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    If you're going to Nantahala coming north on U.S. 129....which is running concurrently with another road, which I forget it's number, Santeetlah is probably about the same distance. U.S, 129 from Robbinsville all the way to the Little T Bridge at Cheoah Dams is easy to drive too. The Cheoah Point Ramp near the dam is a good one. It has a dock. You should try it. I bet a bunch of those Browns in there have grown a bunch since spring. I suspect that Santeetlah has more Trout in it than usual, this year....??? Nobody recalls so many Browns.
  11. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Has anybody been by Watauga the last day or two? Is the lake muddy? I'd like to try it this week unless it's a muddy mess.....thanks!
  12. inthebox30lbs

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I have not fished santeetlah, it’s on my bucket list. It’s hard for me to drive by Nantahala. The state just finished sonar/netting work. They didn’t net one salmon. That doesn’t mean anything but no one has heard of any Kokanee caught this year. They netted rainbows, walleyes, perch and a bunch of blueback herring. A huge opportunity exist for a trophy brown trout fishery. Nantahala has better habitat and water temps than Appalachia. Plus lack of predators to eat the stocked fish. There is just not huge numbers of anything in that Lake. I hate the salmon look to be gone but the trout potential is there.
  13. rusty50576

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    The perch largemouth and smallmouth I have caught since the refill have been larger than they used to be on average. I can only catch perch on accident though
  14. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I want to fish Watauga at least once more. Have you tried Santeetlah? I want at least one more trip there. I always catch Trout there and a variety of other fish....White Bass, Largemouths, and there's some Walleyes in there. I caught a big one last summer.
  15. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Fontana was generating at max level and sluicing because TVA expected more floodwater than we ended up getting. I suspect that they will close the gate today since the tropical remnants went farther east than expected. I've been to Chilhowee a half-dozen times this season and have caught only one Smallmouth. That was the plump 16.5" Smallmouth you commented on back in the spring on my first trip. It's gonna be a number of years till the Smallmouth population gets back to where it was. There doesn't seem to be any shortage of Perch though. I've caught some on most, if not all of my trips. I've yet to catch a large one this year. Most of the biggest Perch I've caught have hit hoochies with a small piece of crawler on it, in the deep channel. Another good Perch bait is make a bottom-bouncer. Put about 3 feet of line behind it. Use the smallest size Flatfish. It's about an inch long. The single treble hook is tiny, just the right size for their small mouths. Put about an inch of crawler on the hook. I did that a few times and caught them. I really would rather fish hoochies. The Trout and Smallmouth like them too. If you put a bigger piece of worm on, then, the Walleyes like 'em too.....but the Perch will frequently pull off major pieces. The purr-fect Perch bait is a tiny thing that fits in their delicate mouths. The smallest Rapala Rap Plug is a good plug for 'em....
  16. rusty50576

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I was up there the day after you troutgirl. I was seeing 64 up top and 70 near Abrams and 77 at the dam. Then later in the day it was 68 from the powerhouse all the way to the ramp with strong current , they were really pumping . We went up there for perch but got a pesky 19.5” smallmouth instead ........ heard tale of someone catching several dozen perch in a day recently, we got zero. Very happy with a big smallmouth but I guess I need to work on my perch game
  17. rusty50576

    Curious

    I ended up having to work yesterday
  18. inthebox30lbs

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Glad you got on some fish Troutgirl. We will be the move in the next few weeks Chilhowee/ Watauga/Nantahala
  19. bigsmallie

    Curious

    Well, I didn’t go. The boats ready, I’m just lazy I guess. How did you do Rusty?
  20. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Scott, I hit Chilhowee Friday morn. I was there at the break of dawn.I started downstream from the ramp on the shallow side and put out the ball with a spoon 30 feet back. It only took me about 5 minutes to hook a Rainbow. It got off on the second jump. It took about another 5 minutes to land a Rainbow. I think the spoon was one of the ones you gave me. It's a little, thumbnail sized spoon that's half pink and half blue. It didn't take too long to get another downrigger strike but this time it was a 12" Yellow Perch. Then I made a big turn to go upstream, this time in the channel on the far side. I soon picked up another Rainbow. After that, the only thing I caught on the spoon was Perch. When I went upstream of Abrams Creek, trolling conditions were poor. There were weeds from heavy generating everywhere. The downrigger was the only line that was somewhat immune to getting fouled quickly. The downrigger kept catching Perch. Well, the plugs caught some too when they were not fouled. I caught and released 7 Perch. The first one was the biggest. The Perch ran small. On my way back downstream I almost lost my ball. I was on the edge of the channel in water over 30 feet deep but there was a big plum of algae that the ball hit at about 17 feet. It nearly bent the ball's snubber off. When I pulled it up it was hanging by a fish hook shaped piece of metal. Whilst I was dealing with the ball, I think, my leadcore line with a hoochie on it apparently hit the same plume and broke my whole leader off. I'm not wild about using the ball in Chilhowee. I'm thinking about experimenting with those clip-on weights that I've seen used for trolling for Kokanee and Rainbows on videos. You put out your line then clip on the weight and feed out more line. I'd like to find a way to fish spoons without using the downrigger or leadcore. When I came back downstream, I did one more loop downstream of the ramp and caught a Rainbow on a hoochie and one last Perch on a plug. It was getting hot and it was time to go. Whilst I was pulling in my four lines, the wind field from the tropical storm hit and there were little whitecaps galore. It was nice and calm all morning and then the wind went to 15 MPH, or more. When I started out the surface water was 74 at the ramp, 77 when I quit. When I was up at Tabcat Creek the surface water was 64. The lake will likely cool even more in the coming weeks since Fontana is gonna be generating hard to get back on track on the task of lowering Fontana to winter level.
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  22. rusty50576

    Curious

    I'll be on tellico sunday in ninemile Creek or somewhere near it
  23. dada

    Curious

    Big, You really know how to hurt a guy with all those beautiful crappie pictures ! With all the dams open, hurricane coming thru & 200 bass boats doing a tx on Douglas, & having to take my wife to a minor surgery, I haven't been fishing in 3 weeks. Let us know how Tellico works out for you. dada 9-14-18 4:44 PM
  24. bigsmallie

    Curious

    Not had the boat out in a while, busy, busy. Wondered if anyone was having any luck?? Can’t go tomorrow but may hit Tellico Sunday,Sunday,Sunday
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