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Old 11-10-2008, 12:22 PM
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I fish the Caney Fork Tailwater pretty frequently, but I'm wondering if there are any nice little trout streams that aren't a full day's drive from Nashville.

I've heard rumors of Cane Creek and Hurricane Creek but can't find any good info one way or the other.

Anyone know of some trout hiding close to Nashville?
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:13 PM
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The TWRA will start stocking the Harpeth and below Priest dam soon.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:25 PM
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Fort Campbell stocks some streams with trout.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:51 PM
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The TWRA will start stocking the Harpeth and below Priest dam soon.
They have done it below Percy Priest. My dad and I fished there about 5-7 years ago and we caught a few rainbows on Powerbait.

EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot. There is a stocked section of the Stones River in Smyrna, called Nice Mill dam. It's a stone dam, that used to be a lot of fun to fish. It is now overrun with snakes/turtles, mexicans with cast nets, and gar eating all the trout. It's been about 2 or 3 years since I've caught a trout there, but supposedly a lot of nice smallmouth hang in there. I've caught dozens of bluegill, but no smallies.
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:17 PM
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The TWRA will start stocking the Harpeth and below Priest dam soon.
The stocking of the Harpeth always makes the local news. It's a giant bobberfest each year with people standing shoulder to shoulder. It's great for the kids though. The phrase “fish in a barrel” comes to mind.
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Old 11-15-2008, 03:39 AM
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Yeah, I've heard that the Stones and the Harpeth get stocked...but I'm wondering if there are any more 'backcountry' spots that anyone is willing to disclose...You know, where a hike and a short roll cast are part of the experience...

Something the 'local news' wouldn't really be too interested in...
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Old 11-15-2008, 05:30 PM
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Not that I know of...I'm thinking I may buy a farm one day and stock a stream on it just for the guys I know on here. Kind of a pipe dream, but it's not entirely out of the realm of possibilities. They would die every Summer, but I could stock it each Fall. If I could find one with a fresh water spring and a lot of shade, they might make it all year.
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Old 11-16-2008, 09:48 PM
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I work less than a mile fro the Harpeth river stocking. Fish in a barrel is an understatement. And there is always a TWRA officer there writing tickets for anglers not having a trout stamp.
If you can switch to warm water species, there are several good Small mouth waters in the area. The Duck and the Narrows of the Harpeth are two of my favorites.
Or head up the West fork of the Stones river for white bass or Hybreds in the early spring, but like Worrgamesguy mentioned it is getting over run with people. I fish it out of a boat and the last time I went I had to stop due to so many bank fishermen. But you can have a blast with a streamer if you can find room to cast.
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Yeah, I've heard that the Stones and the Harpeth get stocked...but I'm wondering if there are any more 'backcountry' spots that anyone is willing to disclose...You know, where a hike and a short roll cast are part of the experience...

Something the 'local news' wouldn't really be too interested in...
Nah, Middle TN is full of lakes, not rivers. The only option, as said before, is Nice Mill and I haven't caught a trout there in about 2 years, so I dunno if they even stock it anymore.
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Here is information from TWRA on the tentative winter trout stocking schedule.
Winter Trout Stocking

Tentative Winter Trout Stocking Dates 2008/2009

December, 2008

* 4 - Cumberland Mountain State Park (Crossville)
* 5 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater (Nashville)
* 9 - Shelby Bottoms Park (Nashville)
* 10 - Lake Graham (Jackson)
* 10 - Springfield City Greenway (Springfield)
* 11 - Stone Bridge Park (Fayetteville)
* 11 - W Fork Red River, Billy Dunlap Park (Clarksville)
* 12 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 16 - Cameron Brown Lake (Germantown)
* 16 - Collierville City Park (Collierville)
* 17 - Martin City Pond (Martin)
* 17 - Union City - Reelfoot Packing Site (Union City)
* 17 - McKenzie City Park (McKenzie)
* 17 - Cane Creek Park (Cookeville)
* 17 - E Fork Shoal Creek (Lawrenceburg)
* 17 - VFW Lake (Lawrenceburg)
* 18 - J.D. Buckner Park (Dickson)
* 18 - Kingston Springs Park (Kingston Springs)
* 18 - Bartlett City Park Lakes(2) (Bartlett)
* 18 - Mumford City Park (Mumford)
* 19 - Marrowbone Lake (Joelton)
* 19 - Harpeth River (Franklin)

January, 2009

* 6 - Lake Junior (Chattanooga)
* 7 - Oneida City Park (Oneida)a
* 9 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater (Nashville)
* 15 - Athens Rec. Park (Athens)
* 16 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 20 - Lake Graham (Jackson)
* 20 - Cameron Brown Lake (Germantown)
* 21 - McKenzie City Park (Mckenzie)
* 21 - Martin City Pond (Martin)
* 21 - Union City - Reelfoot Packing Site (Union City)
* 21 - Collierville City Park (Collierville)
* 22 - Mumford City Park (Mumford)
* 22 - Bartlett City Park Lakes (Bartlett)
* 23 - Duck River at Fishermans Park (Shelbyville)
* 23 - Duck River at Riverside Dam (Columbia)
* 28 - Cane Creek Park (Cookeville)
* 30 - Harpeth River (Franklin)
* 30 - Shelby Bottoms Park (Nashville)

February, 2009

* 6 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater (Nashville)
* 6 - Springfield City Greenway (Springfield)
* 12 - W Fork Red River, Billy Dunlap Park (Clarksville)
* 12 - Stone Bridge Park (Fayetteville)
* 13 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 18 - Lake Junior (Chattanooga)
* 19 - Pickett Lake (Pickett State Park)
* 19 - J.D. Buckner Park (Dickson)
* 19 - Kingston Springs Park (Kingston Springs)
* 20 - Marrowbone Lake (Joelton)
* 26 - East Fork Shoal Creek (Lawrenceburg)
* 26 - VFW Lake (Lawrenceburg)
* 27 - Harpeth River (Franklin)

March, 2009

* 6 - J. Percy Priest Tailwater
* 13 - Nice Mill (Smyrna)
* 20 - Duck River at Fisherman's Park (Shelbyville)
* 20 - Duck River at Riverside Dam (Columbia)
* 26 - Shelby Bottoms Park (Nashville)
* 27 - Harpeth River (Franklin)
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