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  1. morewood

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    We had 6-7", and that area north/east of us had considerably more. We might still go up there, although Fisher will push for either Cheoah/Calderwood. If Randy or another friend go we'll stay in state. Shea
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    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Are you saying that I shouldn't go to Watauga on Friday? Shea
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    So, last weeks numbers (weight and total caught) were way above what I had expected. I decided to go back Saturday and perform a do over. Water temp that morning was mid 50s at the ramp. Lake was absolutely full with no outflow. We caught two from the ramp to the powerhouse. NO fish were caught in that area above the powerhouse that was very good last weekend. Plenty were marked, but no fish. From the bend down it was more of the same. A few fish here and there and lots of junk on the water. By noon there was a slight breeze that cleaned up the scum lines and at the dam top water temp was 66. when we got back to twenty mile creek we could visibly see the lake level had started to drop and by the time we were at the powerhouse water temp went to 54. We only caught 12 on a round trip going back to the ramp. Fisher wanted to cast from the ramp up as far as we could go. Small spinners started killing them from the ramp side of the lake all the way up. We missed one huge fish up as far as we could get the boat, no more than 3' deep. Water temp above the ramp that evening was 50-51. Caught our limit of good fish. Overall they weren't as big as the ones we brought in last weekend, but there were still some nice ones. Biggest ones were all bows, only a few browns this time. I'm taking next weekend off and then we are off to Calderwood for most of the summer. (Our favorite) Shea
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    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    That bow is one of the best colored big fish I've seen. Nice numbers caught. Me and hop-along had some chores to do yesterday so we didn't get to fish. I did test drive a new truck.......pipe dream. Shea I don't know if we have a July/August lake yet, but we should put Calderwood on the short list.
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    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Experience is one thing, timing is another. Since everyone went downstream by the time I put the boat in the water I talked the guys into starting right there by the ramp. I knew there were fish as far up as you could get a boat, I even mentioned it on here, so I gambled on the cold water holding enough fish to make it worth it. I never fished deeper than 12'-15'. At first the fish were hitting Rapalas, Salmos, and two on a Mepps spinner. The plugs both had silver bottoms. Once the fog burned off those lures quit producing. We started running the riggers with very light flutter spoons. Carlson 100/105 in white patterns. Our biggest fish, and the bow we missed at the boat (biggest fish I have seen on the lake) were at 10'. The stretch just up from the powerhouse was by far the most productive spot of the lake. Usually it is the stretch just down from the powerhouse to 20 mile creek. My guess, with water being funneled for the kayakers the fish moved up just a bit to get better water temps/bait/etc. The herring are in the lake, I caught one over the winter that I think I put a pic up of. It had a gut full and I believe it weighed 3lbs. The winner caught all his up in the skinny water, up there the temps were in the mid to upper 50s. All the talk about line, I believe that line and awareness of said line play a part in it, but there are enough other factors that are there. I generally run 12# mossy green mono, a long way behind the boat most of the time. We never ran the lures closer than 60', and generally farther back than that. By running the lures that provide enough action to entice a strike, at the appropriate speeds, the line awareness becomes less of an issue. I hope to go back this weekend and see if it has changed. I do usually run a light line rod and will try that to see if it produces any better running the same gear. Shea PS-I agree with t-girl, I have seen a lot of crayfish in the guts of the trout in Calderwood and even here in Cheoah to a lesser extent.
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Great fishing on a small, but productive trout lake. I have to admit that I haven't seen that many decent trout come out of the lake, must be a talented group. We went back out to finish our limit, caught two more near the powerhouse. Total weight of 24lbs 14oz. Thank you all for coming out, and thank you Scott for doing the dirty work of organization. Shea
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    That sounds reasonable to me. Whatever the reason, the trout in Cheoah can get to a decent size. Although I've caught bigger trout in Cheoah, I have seen bigger trout (much bigger) caught downstream in Calderwood. I wonder how much bait is present at times when I pull up some skinny, but long, trout. One of the two decent size bows we caught last weekend had grass in it's gut. Shea
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    It's below Fontana Dam. When you leave the village on to 28, take a left, go down the hill, keep going, slow down in the tight right hander, you'll cross a high bridge....you are over Cheoah now, ramp will be on the left in less than .25 miles. Anything else I can help with just ask. Shea
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Salmo, not Sampo
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    I have a pic on the computer I'll have to find. We caught two over 20" one winter evening. Rapalas near the weed edge coming up the lake, there by the powerhouse. About the other boats. Must be locals, and they rarely ever go down from the powerhouse. I have seen multiple boats anchored around the discharge fishing live bait in the current. I hear you about the lures, my Polish imports(Sampo) catch a lot of fish for the price paid. $25 for one plug isn't happening any time soon. From your description of the fishing it looks like we fished it very similarly. I didn't fish as deep in the lower end, but we tried some different things in the upper area. If you get bored at the lower end, the last small cove on the left, within site of the dam is kinda cool. Old timers built a small campsite. Look in the water and you'll see one of the wooden barges they used to ferry stuff across the lake with. Its huge. Sometimes fish hang out under/around it. Shea
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    That's a nice one, looks heavy. Looks similar to the 'bows we caught. We never measured them, just happy we caught them. A local said the browns were hitting a bass plug he had been casting up in the shallows and 20 mile creek. Mega-Bass 110+2 blah, blah, blah. Looked it up, it's pretty, and expensive.I'll stick with my spoons and such. I bet you were the only person on the lake. Makes it enjoyable. Shea PS- For those of you that don't fish these smaller lakes you should give this one and the others a chance. While they don't produce the big trout that Watauga may, they occasionally give up a big one. 8-10 years ago Calderwood gave up a bow approx. 33" and 14lbs. The man caught it on a small clown color Rapala near the water intake on the opposite bank, just up from the ramp. Those fish are there, just Have to entice them. Shea
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    The negative......it was a rolling car show all day along the lake, and some of those cars are ignorantly loud. Also, the scum and trash lines were a pain. They don't show up until you're close to twenty mile creek, but alot of weeds, pollen, limbs were scattered. We were always cleaning and resetting lines. If you have shade I would suggest bringing it. If you want to know more let me know. Shea
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    I was wrong, the log sticking out of the water is facing downstream. It was hot Saturday, but the fishing worked out. When we got there..10ish, only 3 boats on the water. All were with in sight of the ramp. They were apparently catching fish, watched some get pulled in. Water temps for the most part were mid 50s to late afternoon temps hovering around 70 near the dam. Even there, at 10' the water temp was 55. Caught nine, no real concentration of fish that we could find. They hit a variety of colors. From white/silver to gaudy orange/yellow. With it being so bright we stayed small and kept gear farther behind the boat. Didn't fish deeper than 25', didn't see the need or the fish on the sonar to make the attempt. I'll add more later. Shea
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Staying at the village......your special. Old dirt road leaving the top of the village that comes down the other side of Cheoah is a way to get to the old boat ramp. If you have ever used that one you'll appreciate just about any other ramp you use. Maybe there will be a Porsche/mini/vw group staying there and driving the roads that weekend. On nice weather weekends its a rolling car show down the side of Cheoah. Everything looks good for tomorrow and getting some more time on the water. If I remember to get water temps I'll post them too. I'm with Scott, the bite will be fine. Shea
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    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Pulled up the tva info. Any rain prior and releases will go up. Full pool is 1710 and its approximately 1704 now. With them preferring to have a cushion of 5-10' water releases will only go up with rain. Shea
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