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  1. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I went Saturday early by myself. started at 7ish and had 2 nice lakers in 20-22 inch range by 8 A.m. . My 10-30 foot lines were dead. Downriggers at 50-60 ft were the best producers. Water looked quite clear to me and greenish, not brown. Some trash and branches drifitng in spots to avoid. Water was way up at Ratbranch and everyone had to wait inline to launch by the pier, not the ramp. Ended releasing about 9 more lakers by noon and let a small rainbow go that hit as i was letting line out on the surface. It was high pressure and cool. to start Odd how someone's experience a day apart is completely different as noted by Holstonangler fish being shallower on Sunday eve. Its a matter of what the weather and fish are doing when you go. Surface temp was 52F. That's a big diver plug for sure. could you put a small spoon behind it to serve double duty? lure/diver.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Going to Watugua Sat i hope. Pic of black crappie from Douglas.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I had a good trip to Douglas last Friday and Sat for Crappie. Weekend catch 33 crappie, 6 catfish and 2 whitebass, plus a 15inch black crappie. About a 5 gal pail to fillet each day. Ifinally figured out how to tell a black from a white crappie. Surprisingly, water temp on douglas was only 48.5 and ended at 52F. thats pretty cool stil. I brought by buddy fishing who is luckily and ace mechanic and help cut off the old u bolts and put new ones on. He also helped file and smooth the spindle a bit. My boat is and 18.5 ft Lund Sport Angler with 150 Verado and Kicker. My buddy taught me a trick when re-installing the bearing and hubs on the spindle. After putting the putting the washer and crown nut on it, he really tightened it down on the bearings until the wheel was really tight.. He called it seating the bearings. Then he back the crown nut off like 1/2 a turn til it spun more easy. That might be the part i was missing...seating the bearing. It pays to carry all the parts you need with you though. I usually run 10, 12 lb fluorocarbon leaders on lead core and 15 or 20 off divers to the bait. 10 lb if its really clear. and 17 lb or 20 lb on down riggers rods for trout. Fish don't seem too line shy on Watagua. Rainbow Trout don't see to show up on Watugua in the main lake areas until water temps hit upper 50s and low 60 for some reason. I guess their on the banks mostly in the creak arms. They go out deeper and mid lake after the lake warms up a bit. Seems that way every year.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I was going to go on Saturday to either Douglas for Crappie or Watugua, but blew the bearings and actually lost my left boat trailer tire at 6 A.M. headed to the lake. Luckily i got it pulled off the road. I carry a spare hub, bearings, and grease and tools, but not the xtra jack i needed and a hammer. Got a ridge back to my house from a guy i knew to get the tools. Got it fixed, but H Bolts that hold the axle to the springs were a bit worn, so i had to go back home. Not fun. I had to drive down to Shebly, NC this morning to get the trailer parts from the Shorelander Distributor. No parts stores carries or can order them. The left side hub has given me fits the last several years. My boats is just too heavy for a single axle despite what the trailer mfg, axle and tire ratings say. Tires look overloaded even at 50lbs. Going to Douglas to fish crappie Fri and Sat. will hit Watugua and Holston after that. Water seems stuck on 50F from you report. Nice walleye. I'd fish mid lake this time of year. No need to go way up the river for lakers. They should be spread all over now from the dam to the upper lake.
  5. TrophyLakerTaker

    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Hope to go Sunday in the evening after A.M. church. Turkey openers the next 2 saturday's for youth and adult. gotta figure out a way to squeeze some watugua lake time. My head hurts when I dont get enough time on the water.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I'd like to catch a jumbo perch over 15". I had a 3 lber on one time and it broke me before i could get the net n Green bay wisconsion. Haven't seen nothing close to it since.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Before i scaled up m fishing boat to a lund, ihad the Yamaha 4 stroke 50 hp with rpm control on the tiller. I really liked the Yahama. RPM control is a big plus. The 9,9 merc kicker motor that came with the Lund and carbeurator design is crap. New 15 hp merc kicker is supposed to better. I might upgrade to the 15 hp, but i actually don't even use that much between rpm control on the 150 verado and using the trolling motor for crappie trolling. Those hoochies would be great for Coho if we had any around here.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    East TN Trout fishers! Time to start a new thread for 2018. Took advantage of the warm temps yesterday and made it out to Watagua for the afternoon and early eve despite being in California and jet lagged from th flight back Sunday. Decided to mix it up and went up the lake searching for better size trout in dirtier warmer water. got smaller ones than normal in the lower reservoir the 2 times i went this Winter. Not many bites in the upper lake, but size was good and shallower. 2.5 inche spoons at 40' got to fat ones. Fish have quite deep this winter in lower lake. went down lake and got 3 more and a bass. all really deep. like 65 to 75 in the clear colder water. Fishing should be decent from here on out. surface temps in the high 40 now and even hit 50.5 mid day.
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    East Tennessee Lakers & Trout Part 2, 2017

    I decided it was warm enough to fish Monday (MLK) since i was off from work. went to watagua. got to rat branch at 11:30 a.m.and i was the only brave sole at the launch and on the lake. air was 28 F. water was 46 F. water pump was frozen on merc verado so i puttered around til it thawed out with the trolling motor and threw a blade bait by the islsnd. decided to troll shallow to start and got into some bass right away. a couple hours and 7 bass later i decided to use down riggers. missed 2 and got one avg size laker at 65 ft. before i quit. didnt expect them to be that deep.
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    East Tennessee Lakers & Trout Part 2, 2017

    To cold to fish so far in 2018. Its gonna have to warm up above 32 so i can put the boat in the water without danger of water freezing in the impeller and lower unit.
  11. TrophyLakerTaker

    East Tennessee Lakers & Trout Part 2, 2017

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Tennessee Anglers!, Went like 2 weeks ago and caught 2 decent lakers and a bunch of small ones, plus a few smallies and 2 real nice spotted bass which are great eating to. Nice to a fresh fish fry in the winter. I'll be going on New years day and weekends in jan and Feb and holidays. Winter trolling is slower than spring and summer, but still worthwhile and trout gight better and a lot less line out which makes it funnier and easier. If you believe you can catch them you probably will. No jet skis and party boats which is great. Rainbows are no shows usually in mid-winter, but mixed bag and small mouth bite great in winter. I like afternoons as early morns are usually below freezing which makes getting started a bit tough, but mornings are good as well if you bundle up and don't mind numb hands at first til the sun comes out. I also have a zip up enclosures if I need it but I usualy don't. high Wind is an issue in winter. makes it a lot tougher and colder. They bite most of the same stuff in winter as summer. medium and small spoons and crainbaits all work. Bigger baits in rainbow color can catch a trophy trout or bass since it mimics all the planted trout. i don't rely on downringgers as much then. Other methods shine in winter when fish are shallower. 10 to 60 ft is usually the ticket and staying near the points, banks, channels, flats is good. They may be near the bottom in 50 ft and the next pass you catch them up high. Ive tried jigging but I mostly catch bass. Trolling is still the best tactic for consistently finding and catching them since you can cover lots of water. I have a few secret winter trolling areas that are very productive in winter some years which are flat areas in 30 to 40 ft that hold a lot of fish some years, but usually there scattered-out like in the summer. You can never go wrong with a downrigger at 50 ft any time of year either. Lakers just like the 40 to 60 range for some reason.
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    East Tennessee Lakers & Trout Part 2, 2017

    Thanks for the report Fisher 87. Looks like you had the lake to yourself which is a bonus of fall fishing. Not many jet skiers after labor day!
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    East Tennessee Lakers & Trout Part 2, 2017

    When the surface temp gets below 60 it fill flip the lake, lots of leaves then in the water to, so you gotta check lines often. I usually don't fish much in mid sep and early October. You can still catch'em, but if they don't bite up high early you gotta go deep and almost dredge the bottom and banks for bigger fish and even then its hit and miss. Water is just too darn warm, hard to release the small ones, they don't fight that good and you have so much line out its had to tell when you get strikes. November is good again. fish will be all over. from 75' right to the top 10'. I know a guy that fishes a lot. 'Old black cars" I think that caught a 17# laker and 14# rainbow in Nov on SoHo a few years back. Nobody is really fishing then and big trout are pretty aggressive then feeding up for the winter.
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    East Tennessee Lakers & Trout Part 2, 2017

    wrong pic. bass from Soho last Sat. 9-4 laker.
  15. TrophyLakerTaker

    East Tennessee Lakers & Trout Part 2, 2017

    Hit Watagua on Labor day early. The active Lakers I was marking were clearly in the 95 to 110' range. Fish laying on bottom are had to see on the electronics. UV and glow spoons are the ticket in deep water in low light and flashy spoons once it bright out in deep darker water. Flashers are all or nothing at all option. Caught a 28' dandy down 105' on half glow spoon about 10 a.m. on downrigger. I also snagged a lot of tree tops on the downriggers fishing this deep, plus threw back 4 dinks back 2 bass and 5# catchfish in 3 hour of fishing. Then met friends for labor day picnic on the lake and skiing. Nov and Dec fishing is pretty good especially for rainbows once the surface temp dips back below 60 degrees and fish really fight great then if you deciding whether or not to buy a TN fish lisc. I am very displeased they eliminated the daily trout option last year. I know of ten lisc. they did not sell as I won't ask people to pay 40bucks just to fish for one day which is some people get to fish.
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