View Full Version : Clinch 5-25

05-25-2008, 09:03 PM
Fishing was a bit slower on the lower part of the river by the jail
today. The sulphurs were steady but the fish didn't want to take,
at least for the most part, anything off the top. Hooked some 13"
fish and lost some a bit bigger. The water coming up after 3:00
didn't really help if you were wading although there were some fish
feeding in those hard to get to places. Not sure when the second
generator was going to get there. Stayed closer to my side of the
river.On a different note...... If the new reg"s are going to work, I
believe there is going to have to be some enforcement on the water
by TWRA. I saw several pairs of fishermen cleaning fish, and I'm sure I
saw one pair cleaning a couple that were in the slot. Walked within
casting distance so I could easily see. What gives ? Still enjoyed
another day on the river.

05-25-2008, 10:59 PM
After my trip there Friday I had feared that the sulphur hatch was coming to an end, so I am glad to hear that you still saw some action. Hopefully I will get another chance to make it over there before zebra midges become the norm again. I do want to improve my dry midge fishing technique this summer there, so it still gives me something to look forward to. Any day on the water is a good day.....

Thanks for the report.


05-27-2008, 07:36 AM
I totally agree. I have seen numerous people taking, not a couple fish, but stringers full that I'm certain were in the slot limit. I rarely keep a fish. If I can't get one revived I will put it on the grill. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against folks that keep their limit, but lets try to play by the rules. I do think TWRA needs to start enforcing the the slot limit rule and maybe put up larger signs at access points to make sure everyone is aware of this rule. The only postings I have seen are faded pieces of paper tacked to trees or posts. I make it a point to be aware of the rules before I enter a body of water. I'm sure a lot of folks don't.

05-27-2008, 10:28 AM
It does annoy me to see people taking stringers of fish that are in the slot.
I want this slot limit to help our Clinch river provide some good sized trout. I do think it will work. Even by the end of this summer we could see some results

I witnessed it by a hand full of people yesterday down by the church. However, I honestly think that many people don't know the new rules. I've mentioned it to a few people and they didn't know. Many people don't think to check the rules.

Biggame is right! TWRA needs to install some new and bigger signs with the rules. I've noticed the faded, worn out signs, but I bet some of the people who don't fish as often as some of us do, have simply overlooked them because they aren't easily visible.

05-27-2008, 12:13 PM
Last year I saw numerous people taking way more than their limit, so I inquired about who to call. Someone on here gave me the TWRA poacher hotline and I added it to my phone list in my cell. Number is 1-800-831-1174. Since I added it to my phone I have not witnessed anyone violating the rules, but I have heard numerous other people tell me that they witnessed it.

What is it about the Clinch that keeps TWRA from showing its presence. I have heard stories about how often they patrol the Caney Fork, but I didn't believe it. The one weekend I did go to the Caney sure enough there was a TWRA vehicle in the parking lot and they were out patrolling. I was later told that over the weekend a large number of tickets were written. I forget the exact number, but I know it was over 100. What does it take to get this kind of presence on the Clinch?

David, if you are around, can you verify if TWRA's presence on the Caney is common, or if I was just there on a crazy weekend?


05-27-2008, 01:20 PM
I just sent TWRA an email about this situation and how many Trout fishermen I know, are fed-up with these violators. If you have experienced a similar situation, I would encourage you to do the same. I think if they receive enough emails about this problem maybe we can turn their eyes to-wards the Clinch.

ChemEAngler, thanks for the poacher Hotline #. I have programmed it into my phone.

I'm through talking about it. I'm taking action.

Biggame 1

Brook Fan
05-27-2008, 08:57 PM

For some reason the TWRA does like the Caney Fork. The 2 times I have fished the Caney I was checked by a TWRA officer. Since I wasn't breaking any rules I didn't mind but it does seem odd that the 20 to 30 times I have fished the Clinch this year I haven't even seen a green vehicle much less an officer.

I haven't seen folks breaking the slot limit size but I did advise a young kid about cutting the head off at the river while he gutted the trout. He seemed to understand that he now couldn't prove size with the head gone.

05-27-2008, 10:14 PM
Thanks for posting the TWRA number. It's sad to think that
while your out trying to enjoy this wonderful sport, you can't
help but witness others breaking the law. Perhaps some
be given the benefit of the doubt. I myself have been guilty
of not reading the hunting regs each season to note any
new changes. Hope this is the case for at least most of
what I've seen.

Brook Fan
06-04-2008, 06:17 PM
Have any of you noticed an increased presence from TWRA since the call was made?

I know I still haven't seen any green vehicles.