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    The mud water won't push them out and usually makes the larger predatory fish much more active. The stripers usually retreat back down stream about this time of year for some reason, not to mention a bunch of them are dead thankfully.

    Like I said I saw zero from PO to 61 on Sunday, zero! They're a problem during their short seasonal runs upstream, but luckily they don't stay year round.

    I feel a lot of death we see on the river gets blamed on them, when in reality it's its big browns right now. A month ago it was stripers probably, but the big browns certainly open up a can on the smaller trout as well.

    I despise the stripers and gleefully kill everyone I can, but right now their not a threat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Congleton View Post
    As to water color -fwiw : A couple of weeks ago l saw picture of a huge striper that Alex Quick or his friend caught at P> O> on a large rainbow streamer in water color exactly the color portrayed in Shawns picture. Have personally seen stripers chasing trout several times within the last week. Also,RobbC as to Watuaga/South Holston, lm assuming there are shad in those rivers from your comments, but personally l have not seen a shad in the Norris tailwater in several years, maybe decades . The Norris tailwater stripers are there to eat the trout;and they are efficient in their quest to say the least.. ...
    For what its worth, there is a good population of very large shad in melton hill, stretching well upstream, all the way to the eagle bend. Many people actually go there to net them for bait tanks to be used on the lakes. I've got no clue why the stripers don't stay downstream feeding on them, but I'd assume it requires less effort to chow down on a recently stocked fish.

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    I float on Sunday and we seen plenty of stripers at the mouth of Coal Creek. Coal Creek looked like a chocolate milkshake pouring into the Clinch, but it didn't stop these guys from catching fish. We just happened to be floating by when one of them was holding a fish up. They were beached in the mouth of Coal Creek and fishing trout in the stained water.

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    Hopefully it's dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterwolf View Post
    Hopefully it's dead
    I heard a loud splash as we floated under the bridge and out of sight. Hopefully it was just the big boy falling in and not the fish being released. I also hope he safely swam back to shore to get back in the boat. But, I have a feeling that was not the case.
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    Do you not get any shad through the turbines on generation during the draw down for the soho it creates a special time

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    There are shad in Norris Lake and shad in Melton hIll but in probably the last ten years of a lot of fishing in the Clinch l haven't seen any shad above Llewellyn Island in the river. Based on the number of stripers around 61 bridge l would doubt many shad migrants up in to the Clinch make it out of Melton Hill. Saw them a lot more shad in the entire Clinch tailwater and in assorted sizes frequently in forty years before the last ten years.

    Shad through the dam turbines does happen from Norris Dam and it is indeed a supercharged protein load for the fish down river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterwolf View Post

    Like I said I saw zero from PO to 61 on Sunday, zero! They're a problem during their short seasonal runs upstream, but luckily they don't stay year round.

    I feel a lot of death we see on the river gets blamed on them, when in reality it's its big browns right now. A month ago it was stripers probably, but the big browns certainly open up a can on the smaller trout as well.

    I despise the stripers and gleefully kill everyone I can, but right now their not a threat.
    They're still there in large numbers in the deep hole down from C.C.

    Seen them every day this week.

    I'm also still seeing some roamers here and there. I haven't looked in any of the deeper holes down river but I imagine they're still there too.

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