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  • Birthday 10/23/1954

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    I'm a bitchy old fisher-woman! I'm retired and I can fish weekdays and school nights!
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    South Knoxville
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    Fishing, boating, and movie watching
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  1. 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....???
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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....
  6. 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.
  7. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I watched some slider videos. It's not for me because I sometimes fish alone. Also, I sometimes fish with friends that are not at all knowledgeable about deep trolling. I might try some sort of stacking at some point. I installed an extra rod-holder base next to my downrigger just in case I start stacking lines on it. I also looked at some stacking videos. That looks more practical for me. I think that I have a Scotty stacking release and didn't know what it was or how to use it. I came to this realization after watching a Scotty stacking video. I'm not sure if it came with my Scotty downrigger or I bought it extra and forgot about it. It's in the side pocket of my boat, languishing. I'll do the Hip-Hop Stack before I dance the Downside Slide.... I have some new Kastaway Divers to try. They're round like Dipsy's. The diving release is magnetic. I got the smallest and largest of their 3 sizes. You adjust the release by moving the top magnet down a little track. I have the smaller one set close to, or all the way lightest. I'm gonna try it first. It's 3 5/8". It's supposed to go to 50 feet with 200 feet of line out. Kastaway's Diver Chart looks a bit more useful than Dypsies. It even gives you estimates of how much depth you'll lose if you employ the directional settings, 3 positions on each side. The chart gives you the depth for three line lengths, 75, 125, and 200 feet of line out. I'm having trouble moving the top magnet on the large, 5", Super Mag one that dives to 70 feet with 200 feet of line out. It's really hard to pull open with the stock, maximum magnet setting. I moved the magnet about a quarter-inch down the track's possible, about 1.5" adjustment range. I'll give my brother a go at it because he is strong. I'm not gonna use it until I can get it adjusted or exchanged. I hope to get another go at Watauga in the next couple of weeks and try the Kastaway Diver. The little, Standard, one is ready to go.....I'll tell ya'all how it works out then.
  8. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Scott, I've been digesting the downrigger conversation but I don't know what Sliders are. I'm suspecting they might be some form of Stacking on a downrigger...??? I've never stacked lines, yet. I've kept the downrigger simple. I've been learning how to fish with a downrigger the past 5 years. The first year I didn't catch a single fish via the rigger. Learning to use one has been a process.
  9. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Do those spoons come with a leader on 'em like the Kokanee and Trout Killer Spoons do?
  10. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I can identify with the wild Trout thing. I used to crawl up to pools on my hands and knees. Often, I made casts on my knees. Slickrock Creek that runs into Calderwood is one of the hardest to fish streams that I fished. It's Browns are now natives. The Civilian Conservation Corps stocked them there in 1936 and they've been there ever since and expanded into the lake. That hundred foot rule sounds like what might be appropriate for Chilhowee if you wanted to fish spoons really shallow. I might try a spoon at 6 feet in Chilhowee and send it back 100-150 feet behind the boat. 100-125 feet back is what I've been doing at Santeetlah regardless of depth. Come to think of it, divers have out-fished the downriggers there. The action is so shallow at Chilhowee this time of year. I'm wondering if spoons at less than 10 feet would be best....? I'm caught Rainbows and Smallmouths flat-lining Berkley Tail Dancers running 2-4 feet at Chilhowee, same for hoochies behind flashers.....
  11. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I'm really surprised you got strikes so close to the boat. I've lost two of the four spoons you sent me. I think I still have a little blue one that's either a 1 or a 2. I have other small spoons. Next time I fish Chilhowee I'll try spoons on the downrigger and see how it goes.
  12. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I'm impressed! Maybe I should use my downrigger more often at Chilhowee....? How much line behind the ball did you have to put out to achieve this result? I'm still learning how to employ my downrigger. The only spoons I've ever caught a Rainbows on in Chilhowee are Little Cleos, casting, and Berkley Tail Dancers....which are not flutter spoons. They're rather like a Johnson Spoon except the front is bent down to make a wiggle lip. The single hook is welded on the spoon's bottom and it has a plastic minnow on it. Smallmouths like 'em too. I think it's gonna be at least 5 years before the Smallmouth fishing gets back to where it was....before the draw-down. I'm kind of surprised you didn't pick up a Perch or two....or did ya?
  13. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    The surface water was 77. I didn't use the Fish Hawk. It's not needed. The fish will feed shallow. There's a very shallow layer of warm water on top of the cold discharge from Calderwood that usually runs 50-54. The warm layer is never more than about 4- 6 feet, in the lower lake, unless there's a drought and Fontana isn't moving much water. In the summer and fall, when the bait pods form, small minnow lures that run 3-8 feet are very effective. I use little shad rap plugs a lot, 2-3 inches long. I usually fish hoochies on leadcore line. It's a shallow lake so I have long leaders 90-120 feet so I can fish 3-4 colors of lead. I rarely use my downrigger at Chilhowee. Plugs tend to fish better than spoons. I made a huge effort to catch Lakers on spoons and never got a single strike some years back. When I fished smaller spoons I never caught Rainbows. I did catch Perch and Smallmouths. I'm gonna try fishing small spoons behind a Dipsy Mini, with lots of line out, and see if the Rainbows will respond to that....? ....next time I'm there. The fish are very boat shy in the daytime. Use light line, 6-10 pound test. Chilhowee is shallow and light bounces off the sandy bottom for extra illumination for the fish.
  14. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Thanks Kurt!
  15. Troutgirl

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Rex and I hit Chilhowee at 1:30 a.m. Thursday morn for some lantern fishing. We got 5 Rainbows. 4 of the 5 were 14-15 inches. The fish are growing fast! We trolled in the morning for a while. First, we caught a couple of Perch. It was Rex's turn when the big strike came. The hoochie on the leadcore line was walloped. The fish never jumped, so, we never saw a flash of silver or green. We were stunned when it turned out to be a Brown. It went 23.5" and 5.2 pounds. When we got the fish in the boat, it bit the back hook of the hoochie off. It had a great set of choppers. I'll send you a picture since I can't post 'em here since I got a new camera. I don't know how to down-rez 'em to fit. You're darn sure right about the baitfish! They were everywhere, everywhere!
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