Tip of the week 12/17/18. Protecting your investment.

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I don’t know about everyone else but my rods never get scratched up here at the house, it’s always in transit to and from the lake. To combat the problem I tried numerous rod covers. Some were just to cumbersome, and others were so cheap the guides would tear them up, Then I Found the Original Rod Sox and have not looked back since.

The Caney Fork River

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As I netted the final Caney Fork Rainbow Trout of the day, in near total darkness, I wondered if anyone realized what a positive impact the TVA has had on cold water fishing in Tennessee. In 1933 President Roosevelt, as part of his New Deal initiative, signed a bill creating the Tennessee Valley Authority. The TVA was created to help fill the demand for hydroelectric power in the Tennessee Valley. Dams were built and thus rivers called “tailwaters or “tailraces” were formed. These rivers are supplied a steady flow of cold water drawn from the bottoms of numerous lakes. The water flows through the hydroelectric generators and is discharged into the tailwaters, creating a prime habitat for both Rainbow and Brown Trout.

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This river, a tail water of Center Hill Lake, is currently managed by the TWRA and provides some of the finest trout fishing that Tennessee has to offer. Although most of the time these rivers look like gently rolling waters they can very quickly change to fast moving very dangerous watersheds. In order to fish the Caney Fork one has to first understand what happens when the TVA has the generators on. Once the generators come on they start forcing a large volume of water into the river. This causes the river to gain speed and rise very rapidly during generation. Prior to fishing the river, you must consult the generation schedule put out by the TVA. This can be accessed at the TVA website. A wading fisherman does not want to get caught in the water during generation; a boat is usually rather safe. If you’re going to wade fish the Caney Fork it would be advisable to drop in and visit Jim Mauries at FLYSOUTH, Nashville’s premier fly fishing resource. They can help you in choosing a good window to fish. The water does not instantly take over the river so you can fish certain areas longer than others when generation is happening.

Access Points

There are three primary public access points in the river, the dam at Center hill, Happy Hollow, and Betty’s Island. If you’re planning on floating the river there is boat access at all three locations. Floating from the Dam to Happy hollow is about 6 miles and will take the fisherman 5 to 8 hours depending on how much you stop to fish. When the generators turn on the water levels at happy are not affected for an hour. So if the generators come on at 7 you won’t see the water until around 8. The float from Happy Hollow to Betty’s Island is about 3 miles and is a good half-day float. During generation water takes about three hours to get to Betty’s. There are plenty of wade able water accessible at all three locations. Along the river there are other access point but you need to insure you’re not trespassing on private property before you park or your vehicle might get towed, thus ruining a fine day on the water.

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Fishing Methods

Although you will see plenty of bait or power bait anglers on the river, especially at the damn, don’t overlook the fly rod or the spinning gear. If you are a Fly Fishing aficionado make sure you bring along some sow bugs and scuds. Also don’t overlook the “big nasties” for a crack at the bigger fish. Large streamers like wooly buggers are great when thrown at the numerous trees and logs on the river.

If spin fishing is your forte then try inline spinners like Mepp’s or rooster tails in the 1/8-ounce range. Three go to colors for the Caney are white, black, and olive. Don’t be afraid to try some small crankbaits in the deeper runs as they produce a respectable amount of fish on the river. Stay with a quality line in the four-pound range. Anything larger will reduce your number of hookups, the clear monofilament by Stren works well for me.

Tip of the week 12/10/18. A rigs and soft plastic choices.

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This weeks tip is from B’n’M pro angler Brad Whitehead. ” Don’t supersize your A-rig baits. They should match the baitfish on a given body of water. The 3.5 inch Charlie Brewer shad are a perfect match for our southeastern smallmouth.”

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Tip of the week 12/3/18. Fishing live bait for smallmouth.

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This weeks tip of the week is from Ardent pro angler Ronnie Leatherwood. “When fishing live bait for smallmouth keep your bail open and control the line with your finger. This allows the fish to run with the bait and gives you a better feel for when to set the hook.” Thanks to the “Bluff Master” for this great tip.

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Christmas gift Idea #1. The crappie fishing trip of a lifetime.

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If you want to book the crappie fishing trip of a lifetime for yourself, or a loved one, JH Guide Service is your one stop shop. John Harrison, B’n’M pro angler and Mississippi Outdoor Hall of Fame member, is a guide on the North Mississippi lakes of Enid, Sardis, and the holy grail of crappie fishing, Grenada lake.

John’s expertise has gained him national attention in more than one outdoor publication. When In Fisherman magazine wanted to write a story about crappie guides they came to John for his 40+ years experience.

Extreme angler TV has featured John several episode like these:

Enid Lake Slabbin

Slab smashing in ice rain on Enid

Brushpile TV also Featured him 

Wade fishing for crappie on Grenada lake

To get a springtime trip you will need to get it booked now, as those days go fast on the fertile Mississippi lakes John Guides. You can call JH Guide Service at 662-983-5999 and purchase a gift certificate that will lock in your date for this spring. He is also on facebook under JH Guide Service.

Grenada has been hailed ” the land of elephants” because of the size of  her crappie. The coveted 3-pound crappie is something that happens very frequently in Johns Boat.