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Old 05-07-2013, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it just me but ive noticed the north or southfork isnt fishing like it used too.Some blame it on the otters some blame it on pollution but I myself say its been way overfished for years .The numbers and sizes arent what they used too be
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I'm thinking were on the same page
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Yep fished it alot but ive noticed last few yrs fishing is getting worse .Wasnt nothing too catch 30 + a day but them days are long gone im afraid.Heck my best fishing was in febuary this year
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Ive never done well in the spring and fall, seems i do better in the middle of summer. I think it has alot to do with the water generation too, its more stable in the summer and they arent pushin so much water down stream. Just my opinion, but it seems to hold true for the last 4-5 years i have been floatin and fishin the river. Ive been down there sweat a rollin off of me, the boat so hot you cant hardly touch it, and just wearin them out on just about every other cast.

With everyone able to run up river in jets now a days, it defindately sees more pressure im sure, but i dont think its a factor, you can go down there anytime during the week and float all day long and never see another soul. The first year i got back into fishin i thought, wow im doing this good in the summer, (15-25 Fish a day), i cant wait till fall, i will killem! WRONG!!! lol, i was so disappointed that year fall fishin
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Is it just me but ive noticed the north or southfork isnt fishing like it used too.Some blame it on the otters some blame it on pollution but I myself say its been way overfished for years .The numbers and sizes arent what they used too be


The South Fork below Eastman is definitely over fished. If you read the fishing reports for the Upper Holston or drive along Netherland Inn road on the weekend, it's obvious that the majority of people that fish the Upper Holston are fishing the South Fork from the confluence of the NF and SF up to Eastman. The smallmouth tend to move up toward the warm water discharge and they bunch up in this section which make them easier to catch than they are in the rest of the river downstream from the confluence.
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I agree Larry!!
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i agree
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Definately alot of people fishing that end of the river, its loaded with fish. Went down there last saturday wadin and me and bro in law ended up with 14 in about 3 hours, he actually caught 2 on 1 cast!
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It is still good there but some days are better than others we have had a few days late fall we would catch 45 or more and early spring also they have been pushing so much water this year it makes it harder to fish but they are there.
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Yeah lotsa fish around the eastman fished there a few times.But dont have a jet so my fishing is limited.But I use too fish the point and catch numbers and quality but past few years numbers are down big time.On the north and southfork.Use too catch 5 pounders and up but havent seen many of them in a few years
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