View Full Version : Cumberland Conditions

03-17-2008, 03:02 PM
Has anyone been fishing the Cumberland recently near Helms Landing? Was hoping to fish next week with my son during spring break.

03-17-2008, 03:53 PM
No I haven't fished it but it is very high. If you don't have a boat I would go to a different place.

03-17-2008, 07:32 PM
Thanks. I was afraid of that.

03-20-2008, 06:32 PM
I was going to head down there on Saturday but have also heard it is high. I hear a boat is tricky getting in and out of the river right now.

Oh well.

03-21-2008, 01:37 PM
Thanks. I heard from my cousin that the river is almost up to the parking lot at Helms. Oh well.

03-21-2008, 08:54 PM
You can get a boat in at the dam fairly easily. The water is going to be wild but I have fished the river for about 35 years and never had a day that I didn’t catch a few fish. I fish the banks with Panther Martins ¼ oz or 2 to 3 in. sinking Rapalas. If you are a fly fisherman streamers work the same way but not as good. Bait is probably best with power bait. salmon eggs, or crawlers drift fishing on the bottom through the shoals.

Wish I was there

03-27-2008, 10:52 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at Kendall campground? I'm wanting to take cardfly jr. there for a little campout and fishing trip.

03-27-2008, 11:21 PM
Kendall is an excellent camp ground. I have been camping there for over 35 years. It is located below the dam and you have boat access to the lake and river with no extra fees for campers. The river is very high right now but you can still fish it. Hatchery creek goes right by the camp ground and is good for trout any time.

go to www.recreation.gov (http://www.recreation.gov) for resevations. I think it is first come first serve until May 15. "Good Luck"


03-28-2008, 10:27 PM
Thanks Paul,

I think we will get down there in May. It looks like a really good place to camp.

03-29-2008, 09:04 PM
My wife caught this nice rainbow on Cumberland river during high water.

04-06-2008, 09:35 AM
im going to kendall in may 8th-11th, i hope the water level is down by then

04-06-2008, 09:38 AM
anyone have any advice for that time frame, will there be a caddis hatch?

04-10-2008, 11:34 PM
I have never seen a good caddis hatch on Cumberland River. I use an Elk hair Caddis at times as an indicator an catch an occasional fish but most of my fish are on a #16 or #18 midge fished just off the bottom.

I dought the water being low enough in early May for any thing but streamers.

04-12-2008, 02:09 PM
I floated a portion of the river around Burkesville Wednesday. It was high and rolling but somewhat clear. There were a few caddis coming off, but no risers. I managed a couple browns on streamers.

I think they are pushing more water now than they were earlier in the week.

04-12-2008, 09:32 PM
it is caddis time now. don't look for water to be off for a while. they have 14 ft to much water in the dam now. maybe july with all the rain. caddis start in april and last into may.

04-17-2008, 01:59 PM
i just talked with an operator at wolf creek hydro, she thinks they will be down to running just one or 2 generators in early may, what are the fishing conditions like then?

04-18-2008, 10:36 PM
i just talked with an operator at wolf creek hydro, she thinks they will be down to running just one or 2 generators in early may, what are the fishing conditions like then?

i have fished the river for about 7 yrs. i do best on NO generation . the river fished really good all summer long last year on low water. may has always been great.. man i am missing not been able to get up their.. hop e the gas prices drop when the generation does.

04-23-2008, 02:14 PM
Me and a couple of buddies are heading down on Derby Weekend (May 2 and 3). It's a good time to get out of Louisville.

Are streamers the way to go or should we fish something else? Looking forward to getting down there. This will be the first trip to the river.

04-23-2008, 04:04 PM
They are probably still going to be pushing a lot of water. The forecast hasn't looked to great and they are still drawing the water down. I hope you have access to a boat.

04-23-2008, 08:28 PM
we are taking my little bass tracker. Hope the conditions are better but I am sure that we will have a great time either way.

04-28-2008, 08:35 AM
wolf creek has dropped to 3 units, still 7 feet above the target pool level and dropping about 1/3 foot perday........at this rate they will still be generating heavy at the time of my planned trip:( looks like we are now headed to soho/watauga

05-18-2008, 01:24 AM
You might want to plan another trip and go to Cumberland River. The lake is down and the generators are off several hours each day. I think it is just about perfect.

05-22-2008, 01:15 PM
I noticed that they are down to one generator and at times completely off. Let's hope this continues.

05-23-2008, 08:34 PM
the cumberland is fishing good some days and not so good others ,this past weekend saw a large caddis hatch in some runs and none in others . very little dry fly action no wadeable water. must fish from a boat. they are runing about 2500 cfs now with 3 hours off miday and midnite.