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Rainbow Warrior
03-20-2011, 02:36 PM
Camped on corp land this weekend along a feeder stream that flows into lake allatoona with a friend of mine. The white bass are just starting. They were fairly plentiful in the lower part of the river, but non existant further upstream. They loved white clousers. Thats pretty much all I threw at them. I would say that they have to be one of the easiest fish to fly fish before. I let my friend try our my flyrod for a little and he landed two pretty quick. I landed probably an honest 30-40 over the weekend. Sorry, but no pics. Forgot my camera. I'll take some next time i go. Should be good for the next couple of weeks.
Garrett

Bran
03-21-2011, 11:07 AM
I love to fish for them too! The Stripers are starting their runs here also, there have been a few caught above Buggs Island lake in the last 2-3 weeks. I really need to get on the water, I haven't even been yet!

CinciVol
03-23-2011, 03:45 PM
I've seen folks catching white bass on Fort Loudon in downtown Knoxville this week. Carp also seem to be on the move in that area as well. Start tying those cornbread flies!

Rainbow Warrior
03-23-2011, 07:43 PM
I haven't seen any carp in the river yet, but they are everywhere around where the river runs into the lake.
Went back out today and it was even better. Some friends and I caught a bunch of fish.

Mundele
03-29-2011, 09:07 PM
I've never caught a bass on a fly rod. Hoping to change that this spring. Any pointers? Any advice on where to go locally? I live in Knoxville...

--Matt

troutslayer3393
03-29-2011, 10:21 PM
MUNDELE, If you want to catch a bass on a flyrod in Knoxville, fish all up and down Northshore in Farragut. Places include: Carl Cowen Park, and the Frisbee golf park.

BigMax
03-30-2011, 06:04 PM
caught about 70 white and yellow bass yesterday at forks of the river in just under 2 hrs.....it wassent fishing it was catching....they ate anything

take a kid

that is all

MickT
03-30-2011, 06:36 PM
Big Max-
Flies or hardware? bank or boat?
I used to chase them below cheatham dam on the cumberland. Fast action, hard fighting- what more could you want from a fish?

Rainbow Warrior
03-30-2011, 07:37 PM
No kidding about catching not fishing! I haven't been able to get after them this week due to the rain. Oh well. I am a kid (15) myself and have gotten 3 friends so far to catch their first fly rod fish in the last few weeks. They eat anything that moves! I tied a fly that was a #8 hook with just a white marabou feather tied onto the shank. They killed it!

Mundele
03-30-2011, 09:31 PM
MUNDELE, If you want to catch a bass on a flyrod in Knoxville, fish all up and down Northshore in Farragut. Places include: Carl Cowen Park, and the Frisbee golf park.

I work really close to there. What kind of lures do you recommend? Are you fishing near the banks or ?? Is there a time of day that works better than others?

--MAtt

Troutman
03-30-2011, 10:44 PM
caught about 70 white and yellow bass yesterday at forks of the river in just under 2 hrs.....it wassent fishing it was catching....they ate anything

take a kid

that is all

I've been trying to get over there with the boat for the run. work interferes too much with my fishing time! maybe in the next couple of weeks.

ttas67
03-31-2011, 10:24 AM
Is it wadable / bank fishable at forks of the river?

MickT
03-31-2011, 11:05 AM
Parts can be bankable from the WMA down there, but if they are schooling on the other side, you're just gonna get a lot of casting practice. The other key is current. It's been my experience that you are wasting your time if you are fishing for them when no current is being generated from the dams.

ttas67
03-31-2011, 12:22 PM
what about from the industrial park?

Troutman
03-31-2011, 01:41 PM
I've always fished for them on the shoals during no generation. They like the fast water. I usually put in at 3 river boat ramp and run up either the FB or the holston to the shoals and anchor or pull onto the shoal and wade. My dad and I used to do that alot when I was growing up. There are several boat ramps on the FB if you have a canoe or boat to access the shoals as the white bass migrate upstream over the next month. I haven't done it in a couple of years though, its hard to pull myself away from the bronzebacks this time of year.

Mundele
03-31-2011, 04:51 PM
How would one best get there by canoe? Which boat ramp, how far, etc?

BigMax
04-01-2011, 08:37 AM
we were in a boat under the train bridge on the south side of the holston bank...we caught them on the following
-White Grub
-Little white crank bait
-Popper (fly rod)
-white streamer
-wooley bugger

the current was running kinda hard

im thinkin fish fry this weekend

BigMax
04-01-2011, 08:41 AM
oh and the big ones were down deep like more than 8 ft...never caught a big on on the fly rod since i only had floating line....need some fast sink if u wanna get to them

Mundele
04-01-2011, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the info.