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Old 02-27-2011, 03:02 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks for the post! The picture of your fish has been deleted...can you repost? How big was it and what did it hit on? Where is the launch at on Calderwood? Thanks ntcb


There's only one launch on Calderwood. You turn right off U.S. 129 right before the bridge that crosses the top end of the lake just below Cheoah Dam. This is in North Carolina. You have to drive the "Dragon" to get there. Most of the lake is in Tennessee though. You're back in Tennessee when you pass Slickrock Creek, on the left, going downstream, maybe a mile and half downstream. You can fish anywhere you want in the lake from a boat.



I didn't see the pictures. Were no Brookies caught? We caught more Brookies than Rainbows last year and several Browns. The top end was loaded with Brookies last year. My fishing buudy got a 17", 2.5 pound Brookie down near the dam. I think it's only a matter of time till a state record Brookie comes out of Calderwood. 3 lb's, 4 ounces is the mark to beat.
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I fished there once in june '08. Amazing scenery, and some really nice trout. There's perch in the grass, too. Mighty tasty!
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:02 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Hello all,

So, where does TN stock Calderwood Lake? Do they use NC land (public boat ramp) to do so, or use the dam roads on the TN side? TN obviously stocks much more fish in this lake than NC, but I find it strange that there is no good access to it for their TN anglers, so why do they do it?



Thanks for any info out there!



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Old 03-24-2011, 09:12 PM   #24 (permalink)
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i know they stock at calderwood dam, but thats the only place ive ever fished there
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Hello all,

So, where does TN stock Calderwood Lake? Do they use NC land (public boat ramp) to do so, or use the dam roads on the TN side? TN obviously stocks much more fish in this lake than NC, but I find it strange that there is no good access to it for their TN anglers, so why do they do it?



Thanks for any info out there!



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There tends to be more Browns and Brookies at the top of Calderwood. I think that's all Carolina Stocks...? I've tended to catch more Rainbows the farther I go down the lake. There's some Brookies near the dam just the same. Carolina has stocked Brookies hard. Tennessee usually puts a minimum of 5000 'Bows in Calderwood annually, in late winter. I don't know where they put them in. They'll put another 5000 in later in the year if the fish are available, which isn't guaranteed. Tennessee twice stocked Lake Trout in Calderwood. There might be a few of them lurking? Lake Trout grow slow but live long and potentially can reach 50-120 pounds. A 121 lb. one was netted in Canada's Great Slave Lake. There's just a little of everything in Calderwood Lake....and beaucoups of Redeyes,
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i know they stock at calderwood dam, but thats the only place ive ever fished there


....you never tried at the launch...? The Brookies are hiding in all those weeds at the top end. They'll hit nymphs, minnows, worms, small spinners or spoons...or little rubber swim minnows. If ya wanna fish bait in Calderwood, minnows work best. Calderwood doesn't have the quantity of bait fish as Chilhowee does. Calderwood's trout are easily tempted with minnows. Minnows will usually out fish worms, corn, salmon eggs, or power bait.



On my first trip up there this year, I'm anxious to try the 4 and 6 inch Rainbow swim baits I've obtained. A really big trout took a close look at the 4 inch one at Chilhowee back in February....the only time I've been fishing this year so far.
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I am glad to hear the report.I havent fished Calderwood in quite some time.I love the lake and have caught some really nice fish there.Has anyone fished for walleyes here?I am not sure that they are even there.I have caught some nice smallies and lots of trout.I am glad to see that you did well,thats a pretty fish.I will go up there in the next couple of weeks and let you guys know if I do any good.Till then keep us posted.
I was at calderwood one night when men had just done a shock survey for tenn wildlife res.there are walleys in calderwood but few and far between try powerhouse on chilhowee or old bridge below chilhowee dam with crankbaits
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Hello all,

So, where does TN stock Calderwood Lake? Do they use NC land (public boat ramp) to do so, or use the dam roads on the TN side? TN obviously stocks much more fish in this lake than NC, but I find it strange that there is no good access to it for their TN anglers, so why do they do it?



Thanks for any info out there!



Chris
Only about 5% of this lake is in NC , TN may stock the lake by helicopter but I am not sure. P.S. NCWR agents seem to think thay own this lake MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A TROUT STAMP!
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I've noticed what looks like a fish chute near the new dock-portage stairs on river right about 100 yards above the dam. Maybe TN is stocking there? I understand the rules are TN license ok to fish from boat anywhere but must have NC license to fish from bank near the campground known as "The Magazine" by the locals. TN state line is at Slickrock creek, about one mile downriver from the campground.
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That chute is the tunnel that turns into a pipeline to the powerhouse on chilhowee,TWRA may stock with helecopters like they do on the hiawassee,but they likely stock fish like lake trout at the magazine(used to look alot different trees little tiny floating dock,and little launch) AH THOSE WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS.
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