Has anyone been to the Caney? - East Tennessee Fishing

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Old 05-13-2010, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I havent been able to travel 25 miles east to the caney here lately. Maybe because im afraid of seeing what the flood has done to the fishing conditions.



i know that Old hickory and the cumberland is pretty much taken a life-changing beaten due to the silt killing all the spawn...

Anything that started spawning a week from the flood is gone. (millions of eggs)



its also affected deer, some birds im sure, especially turkey. Its just sad...



Has ANYONE been to the Caney to see what the conditions are??

From foot, has the territory changed any? Is it a mess? i know that since they stock the caney with trout its not a Huge deal but have most of the the trout survived?

does anyone know if trout spawn in the spring like other fish? or am i wrong? TELL ME SOMETHING!!!
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was just there yesterday to investigate flood conditions. They were not releasing water from the dam but only through the sluice gates. Happy Hollow was really muddy but up by the dam it is more fishable. There are lots of small trout but none are keepable with these new regulations. I had one real good bite but the monster took all my line out before I could have reeled him in.





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I havent been able to travel 25 miles east to the caney here lately. Maybe because im afraid of seeing what the flood has done to the fishing conditions.



i know that Old hickory and the cumberland is pretty much taken a life-changing beaten due to the silt killing all the spawn...

Anything that started spawning a week from the flood is gone. (millions of eggs)



its also affected deer, some birds im sure, especially turkey. Its just sad...



Has ANYONE been to the Caney to see what the conditions are??

From foot, has the territory changed any? Is it a mess? i know that since they stock the caney with trout its not a Huge deal but have most of the the trout survived?

does anyone know if trout spawn in the spring like other fish? or am i wrong? TELL ME SOMETHING!!!
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Has anyone fished the Caney lately? I haven't fished there is over 15 years so I need to get back there. I remember fishing at night below the dam at night catching some nice walleyes. I lost 2 big trout drifting with the water on. I was just wondering if it is worth the trip from Knoxville to fish this time of year?
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I fished there on the 20th and 21st. The water was higher than I've ever seen it (average about 15') and stayed that way the whole time we were there. The fishing was ok though... I didn't have much luck using anything besides worms. We caught a bunch of nice rainbows in the 14"-20" slot size that we had to turn loose. Only caught one brown, but it was 18".



As far as the flooding is concerned... I don't know if it's true or not, but I have read that the trout don't regenerate much below a dam like this anyway because the raising and lowering of the water washes away their beds. It's almost like having a flood every time they let water through. Just what I read somewhere.



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Old 06-23-2011, 12:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've been up there twice in the past two months. Once when the water was high and once when they weren't generating. With the water up we didn't have a lot of action but I did manage to land a monster rainbow at 22". When the water was low (about a month ago) we had one of our best days in recent history. As someone said, due to the regs we caught a ton of rainbows in the slot. Personally I think the new regs are great. Next year, all these fish that we can't keep are going to be keepers. Long story short, the flood did not damage the Caney. I'm actually headed up there tomorrow. I'll make sure to touch base with a report.
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I fished it yesterday. Put in at the South Carthage ramp and ran up to about 1/2 mile past the Hwy 70N bridge. Water temp was a steady 62 almost all the way to the mouth of the Cumberland. I was throwing an SR4 jointed blue shad Shad Rap all day. I caught over a dozen bluegill, and most of them were about the size of a dinner plate. Would have been able to make a nice bluegill supper, had I kept all of them! I hooked a really nice striper, but it threw the hook. Saw a couple trout rise, and lots of explosions from striper blasting shad.
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