View Full Version : Cumberland in December

12-20-2008, 07:06 PM
Anyone fished the Cumberland late December? My Bro's coming in from California through the holidays and I am looking for a close place to fish a couple of days.

David Knapp
12-20-2008, 11:28 PM
Like most area tailwaters, it has been running a lot of water lately and not looking to let up for at least the next week most likely... We really need the rain but the lack of fishable tailwaters is a bit frustrating...oh well...

12-22-2008, 05:21 PM
Well, if the temp comes up and they aren't generating like a house a fire, I am going to try to go to Helms Landing on Saturday.

Forecast says in the 50's so I am hoping old Santa helps me out a little.

Merry Christmas everyone.

12-22-2008, 08:17 PM
Cardfly, let me know how you do as my brother and I might make the trip Sunday or Monday.


12-22-2008, 10:12 PM

I sure will. I am looking at the generation schedule and it is high right now but I hope they will slow it down by Saturday.

Ky Tim
12-23-2008, 01:43 PM
I had a guy that lives in the area tell me that this weekend the water was up to the rock house. I haven't been in over a month so I don't have any first hand knowledge.

12-23-2008, 04:56 PM

That's up there. I'd kind of like to see that. It's supposed to rain on Saturday so my have to hold off but I sure would like to get on the river for awhile.

Ky Tim
12-24-2008, 02:43 PM
Like I said, I didn't see it, but this guy seems pretty reliable. I know they have had more raind lately than we have in my area of the state. Heck it is ouring here right now and has been pretty much all day.

12-24-2008, 07:23 PM
with the rain we received today and yesterday, it's gonna be high tide for sure

01-17-2009, 11:03 PM
I did really well early December with both rainbows and browns. I won't be going back until we get down to one generator then it will be hot. I believe Helms Landing would be completely under water at this time. I am planning on about the 2nd week of Feb.

01-17-2009, 11:14 PM
Nice fish, I would be careful putting that nice boat in when the water is down. I may try it in Feb also. Good luck

01-18-2009, 07:38 PM
Good looking fish OLDTIMER.

Hey Dukee, where in Western KY are you? I'm in Bowling Green.

02-26-2009, 09:29 PM
I fished a couple of hours Feb. 17th from 3pm till 5pm and on the 18th, after the **** storm past, from 2pm till 4pm at the dam in very murky water with lots of fish. I used a size 10 chicago and caught about 60 fish for both days. 10 t0 14 in. Small but fun. I have never seen the water this muddy.

I have been using my bass tracker pro-crappie 175 on the river since 2000. Broke two props before I put a river runner on my motor. Problem solved.

I will be back on the river around the 10 of March if the river is down.

Good fishing Guys.

03-05-2009, 12:38 AM
Good looking fish OLDTIMER.

Hey Dukee, where in Western KY are you? I'm in Bowling Green.

Live in Beaver Dam but I split my time between Ohio and Logan counties as I have businesses in both places. Ready for a trip by late march, maybe hit the oconoluftee for a couple of days.

03-05-2009, 12:13 PM
This has probally been answered before but what is a managable CFS that is right for wading? It is currently above 18000 so that sounds impossible.

Thanks for any answers.

03-05-2009, 06:11 PM
Cardfly, Cumberland Lake Level today is 681.79. It has gone down 4.2 inches in the last 24 hrs. TVA is running 2 or more generators now. They are trying to keep the lake level at 680 ft.

As far as wading the Cumberland, I look at the generation schedule. You can wade some on areas when one generator is running. If two or more generators are running, you can forget about wading. I hope this helps.

03-05-2009, 10:31 PM

That's what I was looking for.