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Old 04-22-2008, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just thought I would make a post here to ask if this is really a lake and if so why don't folks fish in it?
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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it is a real lake, but is a haul thru the mountians to get to it. The only launch ramp on the lake is in North Carolina. More of a trout fishery, than bass, although there are bass in the lake.
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it is a real lake, but is a haul thru the mountians to get to it. The only launch ramp on the lake is in North Carolina. More of a trout fishery, than bass, although there are bass in the lake.
Thanks Jon, I felt kind of sorry for it not having anything mentions in the posting section of it so thought I would ask why........
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's a run of the river lake and tough to fish. Only one take out and no services nearby. You have to drive the dragon's tail 129 (318 curves in 11 miles) to get there from TN. If you get down lake and the fog sets in or your motor quits you are stuck overnight at least. Very few other boats on the lake.
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and because 98% of people that do make it there don't catch any fish.
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I have never been and not had a blast. No worries about pleasure boaters here. you better take your survival gear because if you get stranded there is noone to hear you yell, and your cell phone will just give you the bird for tryin. Its an adventure for sure.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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They're running quite a bit of water out of Fontana this week into Cheoah, and ultimately through Calderwood and Chilhowee too. Fontana has dropped at least 2 feet these past couple of days. Cheoah has been getting the second of it's two new turbines installed. I suspect the work might be done and they're running hard to try out the new turbine to be sure it's ready for the fall generating season when they drop Fontana...?



Fishing is usually better when they're running a goodly amount of water. The worst trip I ever made to Calderwood was last year when I was up there and they ran zero water. There was absolutely no current at the top end. All I caught was a Brown Trout and my nephew caught nothing. I've never ever seen Calderwood so placid before. We sat through 36 hours of zero flow.



When they generate hard up there this time of year, it's like outdoor air conditioning for at least a mile downstream from Cheoah. That cool air just funnels down the canyon.There's often quite a bit of fog too and that helps the fishing, I think.



There could be a Tennessee state record Brook Trout roaming Calderwood. The state record is below 4 pounds. One of my buddies got one that was 2.75 pounds up there 2 years ago. As far as I know, they've stopped stocking Brookies in there but there should still be a few in there that are fat hold-over fish. Very few Brookies live longer than 5 years. Some die of old age at age 4. I suspect this shorter life is the result of being Arctic fish that the ice ages pushed south...? Apparently, a few exceptional Brookies can live past 5 but this is not so common. The window at Calderwood could be closing as the last Brookies age quickly...?
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i had planned on making it over the mountain to spend this weekend on calderwood. the nonstop flow has deterred me as i planned to kayak down to slickrock and camp there. its not that far down but i don't want to have to paddle my gear back up against the current. i'm not that strong of paddler yet. have been planning this for a month now and am a little disappointed... calderwood is my favorite lake.



troutgirl, the brookies have eluded me in the two times i've been up there, and i've thrown an arsenal at them. i hope this window has not already closed. i know slickrock has natural barriers preventing any lake run trout from reaching headwaters to spawn. what about parson branch? i have not been down that far yet...
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i had planned on making it over the mountain to spend this weekend on calderwood. the nonstop flow has deterred me as i planned to kayak down to slickrock and camp there. its not that far down but i don't want to have to paddle my gear back up against the current. i'm not that strong of paddler yet. have been planning this for a month now and am a little disappointed... calderwood is my favorite lake.



troutgirl, the brookies have eluded me in the two times i've been up there, and i've thrown an arsenal at them. i hope this window has not already closed. i know slickrock has natural barriers preventing any lake run trout from reaching headwaters to spawn. what about parson branch? i have not been down that far yet...


Maybe they'll slow down the generating over the weekend? You've got between now and 1 September to catch some lower flow days.



I hope you get a shot at some of the Brookies. There should be a few fatties to be had. There were lots of 12-15" ones a few a few years back. They'll hit at night same as the 'Bows. North Carolina stocked mostly Brookies for years whilst Tennessee stocked Browns and 'Bows. Way before anybody stocked any Brookies, I caught a pair of 'em once upon a time in the 80's. I believe they washed down from the headwaters of Slickrock or Little Slickrock during a flood. They were both about 9-10" and very brightly coloured. I never caught one over 6" in any of the high streams and I caught a bunch of teen-tiny ones. So, a few Brookies can show up in Calderwood, on occasion, au natural.



Parsons Branch is so small. Fish could only go up it in high water. Fish will hang around it's mouth looking for insects or minnows. I caught that pair of Brookies right at one of the tiny branches but don't remember which one. There's several smaller than Parsons.



When there were lots of Brookies, we caught 'em around the weed beds in the top end during the day and at night near the dam. The big one was caught near the dam.
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Maybe they'll slow down the generating over the weekend? You've got between now and 1 September to catch some lower flow days.


the flow just kept on comin so i didn't bother with making the drive. instead i stayed at home, slept in my own bed, then got up insanely early to hit the clinch both mornings.
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