We are barely into our early spring season and already things are starting out big. Our twenty-inch club has two new members, Jim and Richard with a brown and a rainbow trout from our local tailwaters. 2010 is going to be a great year on our east Tennessee rivers and mountain streams. The weather has been right and the adequate rains have our reservoirs in great shape for the season. We have good fish numbers and size with plenty of bugs for this year.
The lakes are producing water a little colder than usual this spring, which should carry on throughout the season. Most all of the lakes have experienced some degree of a shad kill during the winter and this has helped to feed the tailwater trout well over the winter. The trout are fat and happy as they begin to start looking for insects hatching from the stream bottom.
For great trips this spring we recommend the Hiwassee as a consistent producer with fishable flows daily on the different float sections. We are expecting more upper river days than in the past too. The Clinch and Holston Rivers are great weekend destinations with some weekday flow schedules available as TVA allows. We have Jake Mullins stationed near the South Holston and Watauga rivers for floats and wade trips in that area. Jake will also be our smallmouth man on the Nolichucky this year. I think the Cumberland River will be good later in the season towards mid summer. Give us a call and we'll go fishing.
Southeastern Anglers (423) 338-7368
Dane Law (770) 655-9210