View Full Version : Chilhowee Drawdown

01-09-2009, 11:34 AM
Thought I'd ask a few questions and try to stir a little discussion during these cold/wet days we are having. Does anyone know if the work on the Chilhowee dam is complete? Last I read it was supposed to be late 2008 or early 2009. Seems like they could re-fill the lake in a bout a day right now! Also, I was wondering what anyone knew/thought about the drawdown's effect on the coldwater/warmwater fish in the lake. I've always been interested in fishing the mythical lower Abram's Creek spring trout run, and I was think that it may now truly be mythical if the trout all got zapped.

Thanks! CV

01-12-2009, 02:40 PM
I was by there Saturday and they have the lake raised some. The old bridge at Abrams is now underwater. I stopped and looked at the dam and it appears that they have some of it fixed, but there is still a large "hole" where they are working. I had my camera with me and was going to take some pictures, but it was pouring and I didn't want to get out of the Jeep. There has always been some water flowing out of Abrams, so the dam repair shouldn't mess with any "mythical" rainbow run. I'm not a biologist, or even know that much about fish, but even after the drawdown, there was an awful lot of water left in Chilhowee for it to have much of a negative effect on the fish. If anything, it may have congregated the baitfish, making them easier to prey upon. IMO. I guess we'll know in a couple of months.

David Knapp
01-12-2009, 02:43 PM
The drawdown was late enough in the year that any trout in the lake should have made it from a water temperature standpoint...shouldn't adversely affect the fish unless they can't finish the repairs and it is left low through next summer...

01-13-2009, 11:22 AM
Thanks guys, that's good news. Come March I think I'll try out Little Bottoms to see if there are any trout around

01-15-2009, 12:10 AM
I have posted pictures and stories on my blog:


I have been keeping up with it a lot. Pretty facinating!

Jeff from Maryville

01-15-2009, 11:54 AM
Nice photos Jeff! Youi need to take the fly rod and post some fish pics in there. Hows the catfish pond coming?

01-16-2009, 12:14 AM
I fed them the floating food but it is still there the next day...either they are not eating or we have fished it out. where/who can i call about restocking? When?

01-16-2009, 09:57 AM
I fed them the floating food but it is still there the next day...either they are not eating or we have fished it out. where/who can i call about restocking? When?

The Co-op on Broadway. 982-2761. They'll have a truck at the store sometime in the spring. It actually comes several times a year. I think you put your order in, then pick them up when it arrives. I'll ask my wife about it when I meet her for lunch today.

Wife says call Co-op and ask for the number for the fish truck. Call him and place your order. He'll tell you when they are going to be in Maryville. Pick your fish up in the front lot at the Co-op. I think they come in giant plastic bags with air blown in them, like you would get golffish in that you win at the fair.

01-19-2009, 02:36 PM
I have been going up to Chilhowee atleast once a week since nov. (when I broke my leg and couldn't do anything but ride around) and it's starting to look good. The sediment has washed out of alot of the creeks and created new channels. I would like to see what has happened at the head waters of Abrams. I talked to several of the workers at the Tallassee Store one day last week and asked when they figured they would wrap it up. One of them laughed and said "hopefully in the next couple of months if it ever stops raining". I thought he was joking but he said really don't expect to see it until late feb-march. That's just a worker thou. I fished the head waters a few times early in the fall and caught only a hand full of fish but did manage my largest brown on fly rod. I don't think the fishing will suffer all that much. That's just me thou.

01-20-2009, 06:16 PM
Hey fishnhunt, here are some pics of some paddling I did in Abrams Creek during the drawdown...it was AMAZING. The sediment layers were remarkable. Any geology teacher worth their weight in gold would have had their students up there! It was a gold mine for research in geology, archeology and history!
Here check this out www.canoewithjeff.blogspot.com (http://www.canoewithjeff.blogspot.com)

This is Abrams Creek about 300 yards above Panther Creek...


And this is the new mouth of Abrams Creek...temporarily that is!


01-20-2009, 11:30 PM
We went up there in October and it WAS incredible. I wrote about it on my blog, as well-


And holy crap! Jeff Wadley and Charlie Wimmer! I feel like I'm 18 years old and climbing the hill over at Hiwassee College again. It's good to know you two are still out there doing cool stuff.

01-21-2009, 03:27 PM
We spend so much time together I am sure people will talk! ha ha ha. We just returned from a trip to Bob Bald in Citico and have made a few trips to Minnesota Boundary Waters as well. Good to hear from you! Enjoyed your blog re: Abrams Creek. I will never forget my grandfather calling me one night and told me he WAS GOING TO take me fishing. We fished just below the Tallassee Store if I recall correctly. Near sunset we got back into his old pea green Buick and after he shut the door he said "Take a look at the river...it will be a lake this week." Of course I had no idea what that meant. Now I do.