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4wt
08-04-2010, 11:08 PM
Me and the family are coming to the mountains this weekend and the wife wants to have a picnic at the Chimney Tops picnic area so i figured i just might get to slip in alittle fishing while I was there can anybody give me any advice for this area Ive never fished in the picnic area and this may be my only chance for the whole weekend since the whole family will be there with us.

jeffnles1
08-05-2010, 06:32 AM
I've fished that area a few times and caught fish, mainly rainbows.

The fishing can be a bit challenging as the area has a lot of really large boulders you will climb over or around, especially up stream from the picnic area. Like most other areas in the park, get 200 yards upstream from the picnic area and you'll have the stream to yourself, right in the picnic area, there are a lot of families enjoing the stream, splashing, throwing rocks, and all the stuff one would expect people to do while enjoying an outing in the mountains and having a family picnic.

If you don't mind doing a bit of rock hopping, I have always found it to be a nice section of stream.

Jeff

tennswede
08-05-2010, 07:43 AM
Excellent spot, caught my biggest brookie in the park (11 1/2 " ) just a quarter mile up from there.

pineman19
08-05-2010, 08:01 AM
Me and the family are coming to the mountains this weekend and the wife wants to have a picnic at the Chimney Tops picnic area so i figured i just might get to slip in alittle fishing while I was there can anybody give me any advice for this area Ive never fished in the picnic area and this may be my only chance for the whole weekend since the whole family will be there with us.

Hello,

You can fish upstream of the picnic area. As Jeff mentioned it's a rough area to fish, but it is a beautiful area. I have been fishing it since the mid-90's. Bows 5-9" are very common, brookies become more prevalent as you head upstream. IMO they're a minority on the WPLP. If you want to catch specs, I suggest heading upstream and fishing either Walker Camp Prong or Road Prong. A word of caution; you are entering the Gorge are of the WPLP just upstream of the Chimneys picnic area. It is very difficult to get out of the Gorge once you get in there. There is a place upstream where there is a dirt trail coming down from a large parking area on Newfound Gap Rd., but it may be hard to see unless there are some people around that area playing in the water.

Neal

Trip
08-05-2010, 08:37 AM
I have caught some bows right there where everyone swims this past weekend. 7-10" I also did bridge 3 to bridge 4 and caught a ton of brookies.

They were hitting on yellow stimulators, red copper johns, tellico bh's pretty easily.

If you walk the trail the first two bridges you come across is right at the beginning of the trail where everyone swims. If you fish upstream from bridge 2 to bridge 3, you will catch a mix of bows and brookies. I personally like fishing bridge 3 to bridge 4, you have to walk the trail a little bit to get to bridge 3, but you will catch all brookies on this section. It's really pretty and pretty easily to climb.

Rog 1
08-05-2010, 09:57 AM
There is also some good water just below the picnic area....head downstream along the bank and fish back up

pineman19
08-05-2010, 12:17 PM
There is also some good water just below the picnic area....head downstream along the bank and fish back up

Rog1,

I that section several times in the last two years, I can wholeheartedly say there are no fish in that area:rolleyes:

Neal

shawnyb32
08-05-2010, 12:19 PM
I fished the area a couple of times in the last few weeks. I suggest you try to get there early. The crowds are not as bad as they were a couple of weeks ago (with kids heading back to school soon), but it does get crowded fast especially if you want a table or a grill. Like the others said just head upstream from the picnic area and you'll be all by yourself.

pineman19
08-05-2010, 12:22 PM
Shawny,

Did you go to Ohio State or are you a Buckeye fan? I graduated from OSU in 1998. Been a fan since I was old enough to know, which was in Woody's heyday in the 60's. Let me know if want any info of the Park waters. My email is listed below.

Neal
pineman19@yahoo.com

dayliffe
08-05-2010, 03:10 PM
Pineman,
Any suggestions on suitable locations to drop in Walker Camp Prong? I'm interested in fishing it sometime soon, and it looks like there is about 3.5 miles of water between the Road Prong confluence and Newfound Gap; however, I've read that, at some point along Walker Camp Prong, the fish activity is "dead" or diminished, allegedly because of the acidity issues associated with Anakeesta rock formsations. Anyway, I've fished Road Prong before with good sucess and don't want to pass it up in favor of Walker Camp Prong if there is a "dead zone" lurking out there.

Crockett
08-05-2010, 03:15 PM
I think the lower the better ie the closer to the confluence with road prong. I have fished it starting at that first bridge before. I have read where others fished it above alum bluff caves trailhead with some luck too. Neal perhaps you or others know this but I have often wondered how walker camp fishes where it leaves NFG road off to the left as you are going up the road. It is a pretty spot there and I often see people stopped there to take pics and play in the creek. I know a mile or so up the stream from that point there is where those two fellows from georgia killed that guy who they were fishing with that time so not too keen on going up that far.

dayliffe
08-05-2010, 04:53 PM
Adam,
Thanks for the tip. I didn't realize someone had been killed up there. What happened?

pineman19
08-05-2010, 06:48 PM
Pineman,
Any suggestions on suitable locations to drop in Walker Camp Prong? I'm interested in fishing it sometime soon, and it looks like there is about 3.5 miles of water between the Road Prong confluence and Newfound Gap; however, I've read that, at some point along Walker Camp Prong, the fish activity is "dead" or diminished, allegedly because of the acidity issues associated with Anakeesta rock formsations. Anyway, I've fished Road Prong before with good sucess and don't want to pass it up in favor of Walker Camp Prong if there is a "dead zone" lurking out there.

I have only fished Walkers Camp a few times, mainly cause I don't like fishing along roads too much, but it can be a good stream for bows and specs, especially if you're not looking for bigger fish. I have fished right above the Chimney Tops trailhead and farther up Newfound Gap Rd., after passing through the tunnel. There is a relatively large parking area where after the streams switches to the left side of the road. I did pretty well there once. Honestly, I don't think he makes a whole lot of difference until you get above the Alum Cave trailhead, although I've never fished it up that high.

I have seen other people post that they haven't had any luck fishing the very upper headwaters above where it crosses Newfound Gap Rd. for the last time.


Neal

nvr2L8
08-05-2010, 06:55 PM
dayliffe,

As pineman said, fishing up Walker Camp prong from the first bridge at the Chimneys trailhead is a good area. If you go just past the tunnel that curls around over itself, there is a gravel pulloff to the left of the road. Just across the road and up a few feet is easy access to the stream. From that point up is some really fun fishing. You'll pass the bridge where one of the WCP tributaries runs in just up stream from there and can fish on up to the pulloff with the parking area that pineman referred to. From the top of the tunnel to that parking lot is several hours of good fishing. I caught one of my biggest specks in that area and the last time I fished it, I caught a bow that was easily 12". Highly recommend it. Easy to get to but I've never run into another fisherman in that stretch.

Crockett
08-05-2010, 07:16 PM
dayliffe there is a chapter in Dwight McCarter's book "Lost!" called 'Gone Fishin' you should get the book and read it very interesting. A 20 year old guy named Albert Hunt from Florida came up to the smokies to fish in late April 1981 and he was staying at smokemont when he was befriended by a couple of cousins i think from Georgia who were weren't the best all around fellows to be hanging with. All of them were fishing around smokemont and when the cousins saw he had cash in his wallet they told him they would take him to a good fishing spot on the TN side up Walker Camp prong. They basically took him a mile up from the last spot the stream crosses the road and you can imagine the rest. Don't want to give it all away here but it is pretty interesting how the crime was solved and what happened up Walker Camp prong there when all the details came out. I can say it involves several bears too in a pretty gruesome way. A great read.

Jim Casada
08-05-2010, 08:25 PM
Adam--The fishing really diminishes in quality once the stream leaves the road. I think the primary problem is that by that time you are high enough up that Anakeesta leachate is a major problem. Look at the topography in that area and you soon realize that there's considerable bare rock and it is an area with little topsoil to contain heavy rain washoffs. Indeed, that runoff is one reason the stream is so scenic there. It is wide open and lends itself to photography.
Jim Casada
P. S. Thanks for the tip on the story of the murder. I've got the book in my library but must not have read it, because that's a tale I wouldn't forget. That oversight will soon be rectified.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

dayliffe
08-05-2010, 09:03 PM
Gentlemen,
Thanks very much for sharing your WCP insights. And Adam thanks for the book reference; like mom always said, careful who your friends are. Thanks again.