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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    A slider can be fixed or free sliding. Its an add a line thats attaches to your mainline via a swivel. Do an internet search “down ringer cheaters/sliders tons of info.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    As long as we are on the topic of spoons I hope you all take some time to check out my Facebook page, scroll down and enjoy. Would really enjoy sending local folks some of my patterns that I, and many others have fished for 20+ years. I don’t believe you will be disappointed with durability, components, and color selection. https://m.facebook.com/nantahalanailer/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    15-20ft is a starting point deeper than thirty ft Down, I’ll adjust accordingly. At times I’ve followed the 100ft rule everything adds to 100. 10down-90back, 50ft down 50ft back etc. one thing to think about a lot of the stocked lakes anywhere, in the country the fish are not as ball shy as you may think. At Chilhowee the other day we took a fish with the downrigger set 18ft on a slider which puts that slider spoon at 9ft. That fish came right to edge of the prop wash to take that spoon. I will say on lakes like Fontana, Nantahala those wild trout are a lot more spooky and ball shy. Leadcore and divers outproduced riggers on my last trip to Nantahala hands down. This is know diffetent than fishing wild trout streams, you can’t get near wild trout, the opposite of a hatchery supported stream. Just an observation of mine.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Leads were 20-30ft behind the balls. Speed 1.8-1.9mph Sent some leads farther back on the Winger Rods but it did not matter. Right now the bait the fish coughed up and that were being chased on the surface are 1.5"-2" just like they are every year from late summer to early fall. Small spoons are going to be best IMO. I sent you some of the NH1 and NH2 spoons. They will get the job done.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Nantahala tackle headed to Chillhowee reservior today and it didn't disappoint. We set up at 845-and 1145 we headed to the dock. We went 9 for 12 all rainbows. Fish and bait everywhere. We kept the program real simple. We ran 4 downriggers with Wingers on the outside riggers to spread the pattern. No diseys, no lead core, no planer boards. The wingers on the downriggers helped spread our baits and allowed the fish to work our pattern un cluttered. 18 to 35ft down on the riggers, Total spoon pattern NH2 Nantahala nailers did the trick, colors are in the picture below.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Troutgirl what was the surface temp, and or down temp of your put down your fishhawk? Thanks
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Good feed back trout girl. The idea of watauga in march is most lakes that support just rainbows/browns typically have tough fishing until the water warms from the winter. As far as snow It could also be 80 degrees. At watuaga lake trout will be active. Chillhowee is going to bust loose once this years fish reach size to switch over to a more baitfish diet. Plus the according to twra the lake received a surplus of trout this year. I see your argument with folks having to Drive from NC to Dale hollow. The same would be true for Anglers in SE and middle TN, traveling to watuaga. It would be an over night deal, but you would have months to plan. Nantahala is a unique fishery that would challenge the best of anglers and honestly its a wonderful place to see and fish. Appalachia's lack of suitable launching facilities is the main concern. However the intention is to meet new folks and fish new waters. If 5 boats fished it would be equally enjoyable as if 20 boats fished. The small entry fee's are purely to add a tad of excitement and maybe get a little gas money back. Scott
  11. Been kicking around the idea of getting a gang together who has a passion for trolling for trout on many of the great lakes in TN and Western NC This would be an opportunity to meet new anglers, share techniques, fish new bodies of water and have a little fun, eat some good food Etc. These would be open tournaments at designated lakes that anyone could fish. This is nothing more than a proposal to get a group together who share a passion. -20 dollar Entry fee per person fishing(10 dollars would go to payout, $5 dollars to Big fish of tournament) The Classic Entry fee would Be $40**** however if you and everyone on your boat fishes 4 out of the 5 tournaments you only pay the $20 entry fee. -Artificial Lures Only Each tournament would payout 1st 60% 2nd 30% 3rd 10% Big fish Tournaments would be based on Total Weight of a one Man Limit, Per state and body of water Limits (Ex. Watauga 7 total, 2 lake trout, Combination of 5 rainbows or Browns) Only exception would be Nantahala which has Kokanee salmon You could weigh 7 salmon in addition to the one man trout Limit A schedule would look this (Exact Dates if enough interest) March- Watuaga Lake 7am-2pm Rat Branch Ramp April- Chillhowee Reservoir 7am-2pm rt. 129 ramp May- Fontana Lake NC 7am-2pm Fontana Village Ramp June Dale Hollow Lake TN 7am-2pm Horse Creek Marina July Nantahala Lake NC 7am-2pm Big Choga Ramp AUGUST**Classic** Watauga Lake 7am-3pm Rat Branch Spread the word, leave feedback, respond to this if you are interested. This forum and NC anglers I'll Post this on.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Last October we were taking lakers with 155ft of cable out. 10lb ball with blowback put the bait about 125 ish feet deep. Ran the wire divers 325 ft back that easily was getting 120ft down. The big temp break on my subtroll was at 110ft. We killed almost all the fish trying to get them back down, one of the main reasons I hate it this time of year
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I would like to say we force feed those lakers deep. The active feeding fish are definitely up shallower feeding. They kicked the water on at 10 and from literally 10:08 am to 11:15 we had 10 hits. It was chaos on the back of the boat. Those deep fish fired up when the water got moving. We kept 3 lakers for the smoker and they had nothing in there stomachs. There just sitting down in that colder water, we put something in front of them they wanted.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    My fishing buddy and I just got back from a week long trip to Lake Ontario. We were plagued with wind, rain, and waves. In our 5 day trip we only got out for two half days. While on the lake out of Henderson Harbor we found Browns, Lakers and Kings cooperative. We took a beauty of a Brown pushing mid 15lbs. We spoon fed the fish Nantahala Nailers. The Holo spook took 90% of our fish. A horrible week of weather but thats the Great Lakes. On the way back to TN we decided to stop at Watauga lake. Fishing was excellent we went 8 for 11 all lakers in about 4 hrs of fishing and our top fish was 28 1/2" 8lbs. (Laker pic with Mnts). We fished the deep marks 105-125ft down on the riggers is were are fish all came. Glow spook Nantahala Nailers with the copper belly got it done Most of the Lakers were in the 18-23" range.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Thanks for the report. Good luck on Michigan what port are you fishing out of?
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