View Full Version : Lake fishing for smallies

07-13-2007, 02:31 PM
Going over to Chilhowee lake ( Abrams creek area) tommorrow morning to paddle around and "try" for some Smallies. Anyone want to meet up and either share paddling duties or bring along your own craft? I've got room for one in my kayak.

Flying Trout
07-13-2007, 02:48 PM
I am going to fish in the morning but have not decided where. I have a gheenoe style boat with a trolling motor. What time are you looking at being up that way?

07-13-2007, 04:12 PM
I "plan" on being at the put-in at the abrams creek embayment bridge around 8am. Look for a Red Jeep.

Flying Trout
07-14-2007, 01:19 AM
as you can see by the time of the post it is a little late. I just got in from my part time job. I still plan on fishing somewhere. I might run into ya.

07-14-2007, 01:22 AM
I would be jumping all over this but I have to work at the store in the morning tomorrow. I am planning a long float trip on Sunday rain or shine for some smallies. Hope you do well though.

07-14-2007, 06:37 AM
Work always seems to get in the way of my fishing time also! Since the freestone rivers are so low, I thought I would give this a shot today. Hope to have a good report later this evening. Time to go!

07-14-2007, 09:26 PM
I went over to Chilhowee lake this morning and paddled up to abrams creek. The water temp. where it flows into the lake was 70 deg. and was slightly low. The fishing was tough due to a constant wind blowing me out of casting positions all day. I didn't catch any smallies, but did catch alot of redbreast sunfish. They were very healthy and brightly colored. The largest was 9.5". I left the lake about 2:30 and drove back over the parkway and decided to stop and fish the little river for a little while. Put in at the dam and paddled upstream aways and started catching redbreast again. I finally started spotting juvenile smallies upstream and started working the banks with a yellow popper. I caught about 6 smallies in about a 50 yd stretch of river and the last one was being followed by 2 very large smallmouth. They will sometimes do that hoping to grab any food that is spit out by the other fish. I've seen this happen several times. The day was full of great scenery and colorful fish once again. A few picts from today.......Troutman

Chilhowee redbreast...


Little river provided the days smallies....


Last fish of the day.....

Flying Trout
07-15-2007, 12:51 AM
great looking fish over on chilhowee

07-16-2007, 08:01 AM
Oh man, they're beautiful. I love to catch those Redbreast, and nice smallie
also! We went Thursday evening, terrible conditions. The water is lower than I've seen in a while on the Staunton here in VA. Gin clear too and of course
that's promoting tons of Algae growth. We caught 8 Smallies and about 12-14 Redbreast. The Smallmouth were young ones, all about 8-10 inches maybe.
I went to the nearest shop Saturday and got a Sage Launch 6 wt. 9 foot, set it up with a Ross and some sage WF line and tried it out on the pond
yesterday, cast so much better than the 5 WT I had. I hope to use this one
some on the Smallies as the bite picks up this fall. Anyhow you all have a good day and God bless.

07-16-2007, 10:01 AM
Bran, if you plan another trip this way, try to come when the falls colors are at peak around the 3rd week of Oct. Bring the canoe and paddle this lake. It has some of the best scenery and no traffic jams. The water gets crystal clear with about 20-25 ft. of visabilty and you can see the smallies swimming in schools. The next trip I take over there, I am going to hike up the lower abrams creek and look for spawning browns this fall. Its only 20-25 miles from Townsend area.

07-16-2007, 10:43 AM
Thanks, I'll try to do that. We're going to come back out the 2nd week of
August. I know it's not going to be great fishing then but my daughter put up with me fishing 4 days back in April so now it's her turn to have fun. We're
staying with a relative for 2 days in Maryville then we're going to finish the week out at the twin islands in G-burg. I may plan an October trip but I know
my next week off after August will be Thanksgiving week.
I know nothing about that type fishing but I'm certainly ready to learn. The smallmouth here seldom go as far downriver as the lake. I usually do well with them in August and September along the rapids and rocks up on the river. I
got some foam crawfish patterns the other day in brown and yellow, I hope they do well. Also got a baby Bream streamer and a few large nymphs in 4 and 6 with gold bead heads. Looking forward to trying them.

07-16-2007, 11:37 AM
Speaking of new rods, I picked up my first glass rod the other day. A 6ft. 5wt diamondglass. A med. action fiberglass that when mated with a Rio clouser line is extremely accurate when casting in the 40ft and under range with overhanging tree limbs. I've never fished a rod this short before, but it feels great and it turns over poppers and streamers very well even from a sitting position. I like the feel of these glass rods, they don't feel stiff like some of the high mod. rods. This one has a cigar grip and single sliding band reel seat.


another colorful redbreast on a black gurgler.


07-16-2007, 10:40 PM
Tried that same float about a month ago. We put in at the bridge and paddled up. Saw some smallmouth but had no luck to speak of, one fish may have been 10", on a popper. We did see some schoolers busting schools of tiny minnows, but they would not hit our offerings. We paddled to the mouth of Abrams as well and found it low, saw a few nice smallies up there, just no luck enticing them. The sunnies were gorgeous though. We paddled up Panther as well, found it to be very low. Can't imagine how low it must be now. Let's try to get together one evening next week, our little guy will be back at his grandparents.
Tight lines,

07-19-2007, 01:31 PM
John S, I've lost your #. Give me a call or email. I have a TU acid depo sampling this saturday morning(Abrams), but want to fish that afternoon. Going to be around?