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Old 12-28-2007, 08:54 AM
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Well I am about to be one. I grew up bass/crappie fishing and sorta got out of it when I moved to South Florida. I recently moved to the very NE tip of TN and am looking forward to start fishing again. I have ordered my Kayak and it should be here next week. Any local crappie experts on Watuaga or S. Holston?
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:17 AM
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Welcome, It seems our Tennessee kayak fishing numbers are growing. As for Watauga and S. Holston you would be more successful if you target Walleye and Smallmouth Bass. S. Holston tailwater is a well known Trout fishery. Good luck, and post often.
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Nashville, TN here. Yes women do kayak fish. The other question answered is "yes I do clean and cook (smoke) the fish, too"!
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:42 PM
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Got a few days off over the 4th of July was thinking Tennessee smallies. Maybe the yak too??? Anybody want to share some spots?
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Old 06-08-2008, 05:05 AM
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Blufloyd, what area of the state are you looking in?

That time of year, most reservoir smallmouth are very deep or caught at night. Watts Bar, Cherokee, Norris, Center Hill, and of course Dale Hollow come to mind, but plan on bringing the running lights and the bug repellant to catch smallmouth on those lakes in July. November-April is the time to catch big reservoir smallmouth here.

Some of the wadable, kayakable feeder rivers should continue to produce during the day. My limited experience with those is that you catch lots of small fish with an occasional good fish thrown in. Whip and Guyon may be able to direct you to some spots, depending on whether you are thinking East Tenn or Middle Tenn.

In my experience, knowing good river access spots is usually more of an issue than anything, since much of the land around the rivers is privately owned. But there is a lot of water on the Cumberland Plateau and coming out of the mountains that hold smallmouth on a year-round basis. I just haven't taken the time to explore them the way I would like to.

I'm working on it though. So many rivers, so little time...

Tennessee recently instituted an 18" minimum size limit on all smallmouth state wide. It will be interesting to see what effect it has in the smaller rivers, assuming people will abide by it.
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:48 AM
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OK so I am getting driven north I guess.

18 inches? The locals here will tell you the little ones eat a lot better. Release only till June 1st here but in my area they are released only to grease by the natives.

Never kept one from public water.
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:48 AM
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The last time let someone in on my Smallmouth spot this is what happened..
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:51 AM
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AND THIS....
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:54 AM
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oh well, I didn't tell Suspect about the good spots!
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