Striped Bass in South Holston River - East Tennessee Fishing

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Old 04-18-2012, 04:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday I was trout fishing in the South Holston tailwaters downstream of the road bridge below the weir dam. I was under the power line about 200 yards from the bridge. When I waded in I saw a man playing what was obviously a large fish. When the fish was brought to net it was very large and very silver. I didn't think it was a rainbow so I went over to investigate. He had caught an almost 30 inch Striper on a minnow. The fish looked more like a football with fins than a fish. I'm pretty sure he was full of trout. If I hadn't seen it for myself I would not believe that a striper would have ventured so far upstream in that cold water. The man who caught him said that he had seen large silver fish before in the river and wonderedwhat they were. Now we know. Those stripers are quite versatile fish indeed!
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Clinch River below Norris Dam is full of big stripers. They like that cool running water and those yummy stocker trout.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's cool I would never have thought that.
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ive been fishing the holston river for trout for years.but there are other things in there besides trout ive caught some big bass right below the weir dams,crappie and bluegill just above web bridge,and lots of stripers all over the river.and theyre all there for the same thing a trout lunch
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I've got a real fish tale for you, but I swear it's the truth. I had a friend with me or no one would have believed it. I fished about 1/8 of a mile down from the bridge on the left last November and spotted a school of about 10 large fish under a large laydown, I couldn't tell what they were from where I was standing, I had been using a nightcrawler on about a number 10 bait holder hook. I had just put on a fresh worm and was just standing there on the bank when one of the fish started swimming very slow toward me, the water was so cold he was very lithargic. The worm was hanging about 5 feet from the end of my rod, so I just opened the bell and swung it right out in front of him. The water was crystal clear and I watched the worm float down to the bottom, then I watched the fish pick it up, I let it swim about 3 feet then just pulled it right out of the water up on to the bank, my buddy grabbed it before it could get back in. 5.8 lb LM !! It looked just like the one in my profile photo. We both just stood there in shock trying to figure out what just happened. When we tried to catch the other ones couldn't get them to take anything. I know this sounds like a wild fish tale but it is the truth. Going to try it again this winter with video rolling.
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I've caught a few bass smallmouth and largemouth floating s. holston river. Got a 5 pound largemouth on the right below weaver pike bridge.
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