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Altho Douglas is getting a shad die-off, the water is only 36 degrees as of 1-10-18. Per reports, NO  ONE is catching crappie due to the cold water. However, Melton Hill is 47+ water temp & the yellow perch are hitting a slow moving bait in 20-25 ft of water on the bottom. Does anyone have the water temp of Cherokee AND IF Crappie are biting any?  dada 1-11-18  12:15 PM   P.S.- Ft Loudon was fished this am (1-11-18) and NARY A BITE from crappie!      5" shad were seen floating in most areas. Water was 38-39 degrees. 

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Cherokee is probably warmer, well, less cold...? It has dams upstream. Dams have that cold discharge in the summer but in winter the sheer volume of water in lakes keeps the water from getting as cold as it might otherwise.

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Don't know about the crappie on Cherokee but the temp at Grainger Co was 47+ yesterday. We have averaged 9 SM per trip lately, but have no idea how to catch crappie in Cherokee anymore.

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Thanks troatgirl   & dloveday. Years ago, the crappie   were BIG on Cherokee & Douglas had the MOST .  Then, TWRA  changed the stocking, crappie almost disappeared on Cherokee. The last 5 times I went, NO CRAPPIE was caught----    dada  1-12-18  8:34 PM

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O.K> Derrick. WHO TOLD YOU  that walleye & crappie were still in Cherokee???    LOL    dada   1-13-18   8:22 AM

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