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Old 04-26-2009, 10:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fished the New River a few weeks ago - spent 3 straight days/late afternoon. Used everything including minnows and night crawlers. Chartreuse crank bait, chartreuse and pearl swim bait, mepps spinners, and jigs. Caught zero. Seems the high water played a role in our luck. Tried everything from deep holes to shoals. Was hoping the smallies were on prespawn but doesnt seem like it.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I went this past friday to leatherwood in the big south fork and caught only three smallies. The water is dropping pretty fast though and they will be hitting anytime now.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My mother grew up in a place called Fork Mtn. on the headwaters of New River. This is in Anderson County and WAY upstream from where you're talking about. She said once mining water got in the river and killed everything. Good to know there's fish there now.



What can you catch besides bass and bream? Are there any muskies or walleyes in there? I have a cousin who used to run a garage-grocery store in Helenwood, and we visited very often.
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Yeah I heard along time ago there was nothing but carp in there. Now there really are alot of fish in there. We take a long 1 day trip from the jail house to the hwy 27 bridge and it's a blast. We catch a ton of smallmouth with most being around 1-2 pounds with a couple 3 pounders in there also, but with an ultra light it's a blast. We catch alot of redeye or rock bass as some people call them. We also usually catch atleast 1 walleye. Yes there are musky in new river, big ones. I dont think there are really much fish in the new river in morgan,anderson,or cambell because I believe alot of sewer is being dumped in there from peoples houses. I guess the closer it gets to clearfork and big south fork there are more fish.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have friends who go over to the Anderson County section of New River, but only to catch bait. Mostly creek chubs, horneyheads, and suckers on light rod and reel, then they take them down to the steam plant for bait. Whoops, I mean they used to take them to the steam plant, they won't even let you in there anymore.
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