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flynut
11-10-2008, 12:22 PM
I fish the Caney Fork Tailwater pretty frequently, but I'm wondering if there are any nice little trout streams that aren't a full day's drive from Nashville.

I've heard rumors of Cane Creek and Hurricane Creek but can't find any good info one way or the other.

Anyone know of some trout hiding close to Nashville?

BlueRaiderFan
11-10-2008, 07:13 PM
The TWRA will start stocking the Harpeth and below Priest dam soon.

mora521
11-10-2008, 08:25 PM
Fort Campbell stocks some streams with trout.

Worrgamesguy
11-10-2008, 11:51 PM
The TWRA will start stocking the Harpeth and below Priest dam soon.

They have done it below Percy Priest. My dad and I fished there about 5-7 years ago and we caught a few rainbows on Powerbait.

EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot. There is a stocked section of the Stones River in Smyrna, called Nice Mill dam. It's a stone dam, that used to be a lot of fun to fish. It is now overrun with snakes/turtles, mexicans with cast nets, and gar eating all the trout. It's been about 2 or 3 years since I've caught a trout there, but supposedly a lot of nice smallmouth hang in there. I've caught dozens of bluegill, but no smallies.

heyski
11-11-2008, 08:17 PM
The TWRA will start stocking the Harpeth and below Priest dam soon.

The stocking of the Harpeth always makes the local news. It's a giant bobberfest each year with people standing shoulder to shoulder. It's great for the kids though. The phrase “fish in a barrel” comes to mind.

flynut
11-15-2008, 03:39 AM
Yeah, I've heard that the Stones and the Harpeth get stocked...but I'm wondering if there are any more 'backcountry' spots that anyone is willing to disclose...You know, where a hike and a short roll cast are part of the experience...

Something the 'local news' wouldn't really be too interested in...

BlueRaiderFan
11-15-2008, 05:30 PM
Not that I know of...I'm thinking I may buy a farm one day and stock a stream on it just for the guys I know on here. Kind of a pipe dream, but it's not entirely out of the realm of possibilities. They would die every Summer, but I could stock it each Fall. If I could find one with a fresh water spring and a lot of shade, they might make it all year.

Vern
11-16-2008, 09:48 PM
I work less than a mile fro the Harpeth river stocking. Fish in a barrel is an understatement. And there is always a TWRA officer there writing tickets for anglers not having a trout stamp.
If you can switch to warm water species, there are several good Small mouth waters in the area. The Duck and the Narrows of the Harpeth are two of my favorites.
Or head up the West fork of the Stones river for white bass or Hybreds in the early spring, but like Worrgamesguy mentioned it is getting over run with people. I fish it out of a boat and the last time I went I had to stop due to so many bank fishermen. But you can have a blast with a streamer if you can find room to cast.

Worrgamesguy
11-16-2008, 10:13 PM
Yeah, I've heard that the Stones and the Harpeth get stocked...but I'm wondering if there are any more 'backcountry' spots that anyone is willing to disclose...You know, where a hike and a short roll cast are part of the experience...

Something the 'local news' wouldn't really be too interested in...

Nah, Middle TN is full of lakes, not rivers. The only option, as said before, is Nice Mill and I haven't caught a trout there in about 2 years, so I dunno if they even stock it anymore.

TNFishnstix
11-17-2008, 09:03 AM
Here is information from TWRA on the tentative winter trout stocking schedule.
Winter Trout Stocking

Tentative Winter Trout Stocking Dates 2008/2009

December, 2008

* 4 - Cumberland Mountain State Park (Crossville)
* 5 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater (Nashville)
* 9 - Shelby Bottoms Park (Nashville)
* 10 - Lake Graham (Jackson)
* 10 - Springfield City Greenway (Springfield)
* 11 - Stone Bridge Park (Fayetteville)
* 11 - W Fork Red River, Billy Dunlap Park (Clarksville)
* 12 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 16 - Cameron Brown Lake (Germantown)
* 16 - Collierville City Park (Collierville)
* 17 - Martin City Pond (Martin)
* 17 - Union City - Reelfoot Packing Site (Union City)
* 17 - McKenzie City Park (McKenzie)
* 17 - Cane Creek Park (Cookeville)
* 17 - E Fork Shoal Creek (Lawrenceburg)
* 17 - VFW Lake (Lawrenceburg)
* 18 - J.D. Buckner Park (Dickson)
* 18 - Kingston Springs Park (Kingston Springs)
* 18 - Bartlett City Park Lakes(2) (Bartlett)
* 18 - Mumford City Park (Mumford)
* 19 - Marrowbone Lake (Joelton)
* 19 - Harpeth River (Franklin)

January, 2009

* 6 - Lake Junior (Chattanooga)
* 7 - Oneida City Park (Oneida)a
* 9 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater (Nashville)
* 15 - Athens Rec. Park (Athens)
* 16 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 20 - Lake Graham (Jackson)
* 20 - Cameron Brown Lake (Germantown)
* 21 - McKenzie City Park (Mckenzie)
* 21 - Martin City Pond (Martin)
* 21 - Union City - Reelfoot Packing Site (Union City)
* 21 - Collierville City Park (Collierville)
* 22 - Mumford City Park (Mumford)
* 22 - Bartlett City Park Lakes (Bartlett)
* 23 - Duck River at Fishermans Park (Shelbyville)
* 23 - Duck River at Riverside Dam (Columbia)
* 28 - Cane Creek Park (Cookeville)
* 30 - Harpeth River (Franklin)
* 30 - Shelby Bottoms Park (Nashville)

February, 2009

* 6 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater (Nashville)
* 6 - Springfield City Greenway (Springfield)
* 12 - W Fork Red River, Billy Dunlap Park (Clarksville)
* 12 - Stone Bridge Park (Fayetteville)
* 13 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 18 - Lake Junior (Chattanooga)
* 19 - Pickett Lake (Pickett State Park)
* 19 - J.D. Buckner Park (Dickson)
* 19 - Kingston Springs Park (Kingston Springs)
* 20 - Marrowbone Lake (Joelton)
* 26 - East Fork Shoal Creek (Lawrenceburg)
* 26 - VFW Lake (Lawrenceburg)
* 27 - Harpeth River (Franklin)

March, 2009

* 6 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater
* 13 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 20 - Duck River at Fisherman's Park (Shelbyville)
* 20 - Duck River at Riverside Dam (Columbia)
* 26 - Shelby Bottoms Park (Nashville)
* 27 - Harpeth River (Franklin)

Worrgamesguy
11-17-2008, 07:43 PM
Here is information from TWRA on the tentative winter trout stocking schedule.
Winter Trout Stocking

Tentative Winter Trout Stocking Dates 2008/2009

December, 2008

* 4 - Cumberland Mountain State Park (Crossville)
* 5 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater (Nashville)
* 9 - Shelby Bottoms Park (Nashville)
* 10 - Lake Graham (Jackson)
* 10 - Springfield City Greenway (Springfield)
* 11 - Stone Bridge Park (Fayetteville)
* 11 - W Fork Red River, Billy Dunlap Park (Clarksville)
* 12 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 16 - Cameron Brown Lake (Germantown)
* 16 - Collierville City Park (Collierville)
* 17 - Martin City Pond (Martin)
* 17 - Union City - Reelfoot Packing Site (Union City)
* 17 - McKenzie City Park (McKenzie)
* 17 - Cane Creek Park (Cookeville)
* 17 - E Fork Shoal Creek (Lawrenceburg)
* 17 - VFW Lake (Lawrenceburg)
* 18 - J.D. Buckner Park (Dickson)
* 18 - Kingston Springs Park (Kingston Springs)
* 18 - Bartlett City Park Lakes(2) (Bartlett)
* 18 - Mumford City Park (Mumford)
* 19 - Marrowbone Lake (Joelton)
* 19 - Harpeth River (Franklin)

January, 2009

* 6 - Lake Junior (Chattanooga)
* 7 - Oneida City Park (Oneida)a
* 9 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater (Nashville)
* 15 - Athens Rec. Park (Athens)
* 16 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 20 - Lake Graham (Jackson)
* 20 - Cameron Brown Lake (Germantown)
* 21 - McKenzie City Park (Mckenzie)
* 21 - Martin City Pond (Martin)
* 21 - Union City - Reelfoot Packing Site (Union City)
* 21 - Collierville City Park (Collierville)
* 22 - Mumford City Park (Mumford)
* 22 - Bartlett City Park Lakes (Bartlett)
* 23 - Duck River at Fishermans Park (Shelbyville)
* 23 - Duck River at Riverside Dam (Columbia)
* 28 - Cane Creek Park (Cookeville)
* 30 - Harpeth River (Franklin)
* 30 - Shelby Bottoms Park (Nashville)

February, 2009

* 6 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater (Nashville)
* 6 - Springfield City Greenway (Springfield)
* 12 - W Fork Red River, Billy Dunlap Park (Clarksville)
* 12 - Stone Bridge Park (Fayetteville)
* 13 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 18 - Lake Junior (Chattanooga)
* 19 - Pickett Lake (Pickett State Park)
* 19 - J.D. Buckner Park (Dickson)
* 19 - Kingston Springs Park (Kingston Springs)
* 20 - Marrowbone Lake (Joelton)
* 26 - East Fork Shoal Creek (Lawrenceburg)
* 26 - VFW Lake (Lawrenceburg)
* 27 - Harpeth River (Franklin)

March, 2009

* 6 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater
* 13 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 20 - Duck River at Fisherman's Park (Shelbyville)
* 20 - Duck River at Riverside Dam (Columbia)
* 26 - Shelby Bottoms Park (Nashville)
* 27 - Harpeth River (Franklin)

EXCELLENT! I'll be there ;)

Printed off for future reference :rolleyes:

cubefisher
11-18-2008, 11:44 PM
Anyone know if there are trout in the Piney River, west of Nashville?

I'll echo the smallmouth comments someone made earlier about the harpeth. I've had minimal luck, but it's good for a quick fix every once in a while. Helgrammites fished like you would a nymph work pretty well.

flynut
11-19-2008, 10:28 PM
Thanks for the info guys...I do like fishing for warmwater species, but find it somewhat of a challenge without a boat. I've fished Couchville Lake a few times for bass, just walking waist deep along the shoreline, and that was alright. What spots along the Harpeth are the safest to wade and easiest to cast?

Stonefly
11-19-2008, 11:43 PM
There used to be a few trout in the Piney, and Byron and I, when we were in Middle Tenn Fly Fishers, helped put out Whitlock-Vibert boxes about 20 years ago. Supposedly some of those eggs hatched and survived, though the results were not what everyone hoped for.

sb

cubefisher
11-20-2008, 08:00 AM
The Moran Rd bridge, along Old Natchez, and over at one of the state access points by the Veterans' cemetary, to name a couple of decent access points. Someone mentioned the Narrows in an earlier post, but I've never tried. Another place I've always wanted to try is the state park canoe access off of hwy 100 (or is that 70?).

I've also heard of people having luck on the Little Harpeth as it runs through Edwin Warner. I've fished it, but had no luck.

Also, if you've got the patience, stealth and skill, I've seen some monster carp in all of the above.

flynut
11-22-2008, 01:40 AM
I've tossed a couple of flies in the Little Harpeth at Edwin Warner and I've only caught small baitfish...but where there are small baitfish there are bigger fish that eat them...