Caney Fork River Fishing Report 2012

Water levels and conditions are taken at the Center Hill Dam. WARNING! Water release schedules can change without notice due to unanticipated weather changes or power system requirements. Large amounts of water could be discharged at any time. Use caution! Obey all posted safety regulations and precautions!

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January

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

Jan. 1 – 14

Nice size Brown trouts are being caught at the dam on spoons. Anglers fishing in boats taking trout on large streamers (white with flash). Shad are not coming thru the generators yet! The reason I believe is because of the warm weather which is not bringing the shad to the dam from the lakeside.

Water condition for this week is 2 or more generators on 24/7. Remember that the Corps Generating Schedule will not tell you when the sluice gate is on. Sluch gate is on 24/7.

Water level is at the top of the banks of the river. Water is clear.

Jan. 15 – 21

Fishing is slow, but a few shads going thru the generators.

Caney Fork river water temperature 49 degrees. Sluice gates still on.

One foot below river bank.

Jan. 22 – 28

Few seagulls in the area. Some sauger are being taken out at the dam, and rock fish are being taken downstream. Large spoons and white jigs.

Water is 50 degrees and clear. Still generating 24/7 with sluice gates.

Two feet below river bank.

Jan. 29 – 31

No shad going thru generators and no seagulls flying. Fishing slow, always remember this could change, if the weather turns cold.

Temperature 48 degrees. Upper Caney water is clear. Lower Caney water has a little color. Sluice gates and generators still on.

3 ft below banks



February

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

Feb. 1 – 4

No shad going thru generators and no seagulls flying. Fishing slow, always remember this could change, if the weather turns cold.

Temperature 48 degrees. Upper Caney water is clear. Lower Caney water has a little color. Sluice gates and generators still on.

3 ft below banks

Feb. 5 – 11

A few seagulls flying below dam, a few shad going thru generators, but fishing is slow.

Water temperature 50 degrees with clear water. Generating heavy and sluice gate still on 24/7.

Water level high up to the top of banks.

Feb. 12 – 18

The weather this week did change with colder temperatures, but still no shad going thru generators. The fishing at the dam is still slow. I believe if you put in at 6-mile (Happy Hollow) or 9 mile (Betty’s Island) go up River, fishing going up stream. The fishing would be better because you are away from the generating and sluice gates at the dam.

Sluice gate is still on, but only one sluice gate on 24/7. The generating has been cut back to one generator, but still on 24/7.

Caney Fork River water level is four feet below the top of the banks.

Feb. 19 – 25

Warmer weather and a lot better fishing. Brown trout and sauger being taken downstream of the dam. Using Large spoons and white jigs. Seagulls are flying and some shads going thru the generators.

Finally, the SLUICE GATES ARE OFF! The generators are only one generator 24/7. Water is clear upper and lower Caney river. The water temperature is 48 degrees at the dam on the Caney Fork River.

Water level is below the bank by four feet on the river bank of the Caney.

Feb. 26 – 29

Trout being caught closer to the dam and a few walleye being taken on spoons during generating. The generators and sluice gates are finally starting to go off. Watch for warm days. Hatch going on small blue wing hatch.

Caney Fork River water temperature is 50 degrees and the water has some color to it.

Be sure to Check out our generation schedule on our web site it gives every hour generation schedule. The water level is way down at the banks.



March

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

March 1 – 3

Some trout and walleye being caught. This week had heavy rain and storms making the water cloudy. I did go trout fishing on Thursday, down to Stonewall Bridge take out. They were generating so water was moving and very cloudy making fishing slow. The river pass Smith Fork Creek was really cloudy. I was fishing out of the new Jackson Cuda, man what a fishing kayak, no problem with full generating water in this boat, really stable.

Water Condition Upper Caney Fork is clear to Happy Hollow. Happy Hollow to Stonewall water is cloudy. Water Level Check our web for generation schedule. Water level is up and down depending on the generating. Sluice gates are off.

Water temperature is 52 degrees.

March 4 – 10

Some trout and walleye being caught. This week had heavy rain and storms making the water cloudy. I did go trout fishing on Thursday, down to Stonewall Bridge take out. They were generating so water was moving and very cloudy making fishing slow. The river pass Smith Fork Creek was really cloudy. I was fishing out of the new Jackson Cuda, man what a fishing kayak, no problem with full generating water in this boat, really stable.

Water Condition Upper Caney Fork is clear to Happy Hollow. Happy Hollow to Stonewall water is cloudy. Water Level Check our web for generation schedule. Water level is up and down depending on the generating. Sluice gates are off.

Water temperature is 52 degrees.

March 11 – 17

The shad are finally coming through the generators. Trout fishing starting to really pick-up! Spoons and jigs are doing great during generating and night crawlers when the river is low. On Saturday, I kayaked in the Ibis and Rogue kayaks and went 21 miles down river, the water was clear the whole way down.

The river is clear. The water was off Friday all day because of high water down river, and now back to generating 24/7.

Be sure to check our generating schedule for water levels, the water is going off some which is making level of water drop.

March 18 – 24

The shad still going thru the generators, but this will decrease with warmer weather. I seen nice brown and rainbow trout this week. Fly fishing using streamers,and shad patterns. Spin fishing using Sidewinders, Spoons, Little Cleos, Rooster Tails, and Panther Martin.

The water is 54 degrees and clear on both the Upper and Lower Caney Fork River.

The generators are off some at nights, and 1 to 2 generators during day, this should change.

March 25 – 31

Warm weather and great fishing on the Caney Fork. A lot of nice size brown trout and largemouth bass being caught. Using minnows and spinners.

The water temperature is 56 degrees and clear.

The generators are going off at night and coming back on in the morning. The water level on the banks is going down with less generating.



April

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

April 1 – 7

I have seen some nice rainbow, crappie, and nice size bluegill caught this week on the river. Using night crawlers for rainbow, and bluegill, minnows for the crappie. Fly fishing kind of slow, some being caught on zebra midges.

Water is clear and 57 degrees. Caney Fork got pounded pretty hard this winter by sluice gates, so plant life will be back soon. Fishing is still good though.

Water is starting to go off some now.

April 8 – 14

Trout fishing is still good, but has slowed down somewhat from last week. Spin fishing with salmon eggs with no generator on and during generating using Rooster Tails, Mepps, and Blue Fox spinners. Fly fishing using Black Flash Zebra Midges, Caddis, and Sow Bugs (Size 16 or 18).

Water is clear, and plant life is slowly starting to come back. The river temperature is 58 degress.

The river is down off the banks with many new fishing spots and some old spots have changed due to all the sluicing from the winter months.

April 15 – 21

Many good rainbow and brown trout being caught on the river. Spin fishing use salmon eggs, night crawlers, and Trout Magnets. Fly fishing using midges.

56 degrees and clear on both the upper and lower Caney Fork River. Water is starting to be off most of the day, with a couple of hours of generating in the morning.

The water level is good for wade fishing or fishing from a canoe or kayak.

April 22 – 28

Fishing on the Caney Fork River has slow down this week. Some rainbow trout caught in the slot range. Fly fishing using small chaddis fly’s 18 and 20, slow down on zebra midges. I seem a five pound Rainbow trout this week. Spin fisherman using night crawlers and salmon eggs.

The river is clear and the temperature is 54 degrees.

The river water level is low most of the time due to very little generating.

April 29 – 30

We have seen 3 rainbow trouts over 6 lbs. this week, but for some fisherman it has been slow. You need to be aware of your line and not use anything over a 6 lb. test for your line. They have been catching fish with night crawlers, salmon eggs, power bait, and blue fox spinners. For the fly fisherman they have been hitting scuds, zebra midge, and wooly burgers.

The water temperature is 52 degrees and overall the Caney is clear.

The water level is low because they are only generating one hour a day. The river needs more generation, but we have not had no rain.



May

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

May 1 – 5

Caney Fork River is starting to shape up for a really good trout fishing year. We have seem a lot of really nice brown and rainbow trout could be a great year with some rain and cooler weather. Fly fishing using 18 to 20, sow bugs, zebra midges, and black, olive, and flash.

Water is off the banks of the river and still low in the riverbed. The river is 54 degrees at the dam.

Water level is up somewhat to previous weeks and the water is clear in the upper and lower Caney.

May 6 – 12

Caney Fork River is starting to shape up for a really good trout fishing year. We have seem a lot of really nice brown and rainbow trout could be a great year with some rain and cooler weather. Fly fishing using 18 to 20, sow bugs, zebra midges, and black, olive, and flash.

Water is off the banks of the river and still low in the riverbed. The river is 54 degrees at the dam.

Water level is up somewhat to previous weeks and the water is clear in the upper and lower Caney.

May 13 – 19

Fishing on the Caney Fork is slow for some fisherman, a few rainbows are being caught in the morning and evenings. Using salmon eggs, power baits, and night crawlers. Fly fishing is slow.

Caney Fork water temperature is 56 degrees. The river is clear in the upper and lower.

Caney Fork water level is low and off the banks. Generating only one hour a day, usually in the evenings.

May 20 – 26

Fishing was slow. The trout went eating off the bottom.

Clear water and the dam is generating about 1 hour a day.

Low because they aren’t generating.

May 27 – 31

Fishing was really slow for the holiday weekend. Trout were eating off the bottom still. Olive colors seemed to be the color of choice this week. Water is clear and 56 F. There are also a lot of insects hatching. Pollen is starting to fall off the trees.

They are generating only about 2 hours a day this week.

Water is low with a few areas you will bottom out with a kayak or canoe.



June

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

June 1 – 2

Fishing was really slow for the holiday weekend. Trout were eating off the bottom still. Olive colors seemed to be the color of choice this week. Water is clear and 56 F. There are also a lot of insects hatching. Pollen is starting to fall off the trees.

They are generating only about 2 hours a day this week.

Water is low with a few areas you will bottom out with a kayak or canoe.

June 3 – 9

Fishing is still slow but this week there has been 6 – 7 pound brown trout pulled out. Olive zebra midges, black midges, and black gnats seem to be what the trout are after this week.

Water has little to no current to it. It’s clear with pollen and hitches on top of the river.

Water is low with the Center Hill Dam only generating about hour to 2 hours a day, so if you are wanting to wade now is a great time.

June 10 – 16

Trout fishing picked up this week. A 23 inch Rainbow trout was caught and released. Brooke trout are being caught the most right now. Olives, brown, and blacks are the colors right now.

With the rain storm, it made the river really clear.

Still generating from about 3 – 5 am which keeps it perfect for wading throughout the day.

June 17 – 23

Fishing was great for this week. A lot of 13 – 20 inch Brooke trout being caught. Some great size Rainbows between 16 – 18 inches were being caught. Not much Brown trout caught. Yellow, olive, and dark brown are what the trout want.

Water is warm in the middle of the afternoon which slows fishing down at that time but its clear.

Water is low.

June 24 – 30

A 21 inch Rainbow trout was caught. Brook trout are being caught left and right. Brook trout are about 10 – 13 inches being caught this week. Haven’t heard much about the Brown Trout right now. Olive, white, and dark brown are the colors of choice. Still fish off the bottom with midges, nymph, and berry nymph for fly fishing. Pin minnows and night crawlers are doing the best for spin fishing.

Water is very clear. Weekends are crazy but fish are still being caught.

The Center Hill Dam is showing a 3 – 5 am and 3 – 5 pm type schedule but continue to look at the generating schedule because they can change it whenever and they may not stick to that type schedule.



July

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

July 1 – 7

Weekdays are doing great for fishing. Hardly anyone out on the river. Fly fishing Wooly Buggers (White and Olive) were great! Purple Prince, Soft Hackle, and Zebra Midges (Olive and Black) are doing the best throughout the day. Spin fishing Rooster Tails (White, Rainbow, and Brown) and Panther Martins (Black with Yellow Spots) worked.

Water is low and the heat is high, so the trout are going to the pools. Clear and having hatches in the late afternoon.

Having a low flow from the dam but it is low.

July 8 – 14

Fishing this week has been great! A 26 inch Brown caught and two different 5 pound Browns caught. Brook Trout are the most being caught. Spin fishing is Rooster Tails (Rainbow and Brown), Panther Martin (Black/Yellow Spots), and Rapala (Rainbow). Fly fishing was Zebra Midges (Red, Black, and Brown), Purple Prince, D-Midges (Black and Olive), and Adams.

Fishing is doing great in the early morning and late in the evening. In the heat of the day it dies down for the trout.

Been doing a generation schedule of about noon to 8 p.m. which makes it great for morning fishing or for all of you who like fishing in the generators.

July 15 – 21

It’s been another great week. A lot of Brook trout being caught. Rooster Tail and Panther Martin (Rainbow and Olive) have been doing the best for spin fishing. Fly fishing is Midges (Olive and Purple) and Nymphs (Brown). Wooly Buggers have been doing better now because of the rain.

Been raining a lot so terrestrial bugs are being washed into the river along with worms coming out more.

Not generating much to almost nothing.

July 22 – 28

Not as many people on the river this week. Trout still being caught, not much with size. Great pan fries. Spin fishing is Yozuri Pin Minnows (Blue/Silver and Olive Back). Fly fishing is still anything under the water. Midges and Nymphs (Olive and Black).

Water is very clear. Has been humid.

Generating about an hour to 2 hours a day.

July 29 – 31

Very slow I think it’s because school around here is starting back up. Trout are being caught. Spin fishing is Yozuri Pin Minnows (Blue/Silver and Olive Back) and Rapala. Fly fishing is Zebra Midges (Black, Olive, and Red) and Purple Prince.

The river is very clear! I can see the trout under the water great!

Generating only about 1 to 2 hours each day which makes it perfect for wading.



August

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

Aug. 1 – 4

Fishing has been great for this week! Browns and Rainbows are being caught the most now. Fly fishing nymphs and zebra midges (Olive and Black). Spin fishing Rapala (Rainbow and Brown) and Yozuri (White and Shad).

Water continues to be really clear to fish in. Great for wading!

Only been doing a generation schedule of one hour a day which makes early in the morning and late in the evening perfect times to go.

Aug. 5 – 11

Brooks and Rainbows are being caught. Nothing much have any size to them though. Fly fishing zebra midges (Black and Red). Spin fishing Nightcrawlers and Rooster Tails (Silver and White).

Generators continue to be about an hour a day.

Very clear water!

Aug. 12 – 18

Fishing was a little slow this week. Brooks and Browns are the ones being caught this week. Fly fishing Purple Prince and zebra midges (Black and Two-Tone).

Water is gets low with the late generating schedule, which makes it great for wading out in the water.

Water continues to be clear.

Aug. 19 – 25

Fishing is slow this week. Brooks are being caught. Spin fishing pin minnow (Olive) and fly fishing is Wooly Buggers (Olive).

Water is staying low.

Water is still clear.

Aug. 26 – 31

Not much Browns or Rainbows being caught yet. Brook trout are being caught though.

Water is staying low.

Water is still clear.



September

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

Sept. 1

Brook and Browns being caught this week. Fly fishing zebra midges (Black and Silver) and Wooly Bugger (Brown). Spin fishing Rooster Tails (Brown and Red) and Panther Martins (Brown with Red Spots).

Water is staying low.

Water continues to be clear.

Sept. 2 – 8

Brooks are being caught. Fly fishing zebra midges (Black and Silver) and scuds (Brown and Blue Dun). Spin fishing pin minnows (Blue and Silver Back).

Generators are releasing in the middle of the day. So check the generating schedule to see if it changes for a great day for fishing.

Water is really clear.

Sept. 9 – 15

Sorry it’s taken awhile to get the fishing report up. We are seeing more Rainbow trout now. It’s been slow for them this summer. Brook and Browns mostly being caught now. Fly fishing zebra midges (Black), Purple Prince, and Rainbow Warriors. Spin fishing Rooster Tails (Brown, Silver, and White) and pin minnows (Brown, Rainbow, and Olive).

Generators are still doing a middle of the day generation, so check to see a good time for you. A good time is right before the generators come on.

Water is crystal clear!

Sept. 16 – 22

Some trout and walleye being caught. A 6 lb. brown trout caught this week. Using large size spoons and spinners for trout. Some nice rockfish being caught around 9 mile and down river on large spoons and buck tails.

Water temperature 52 degrees and a little color from rain on Monday. Started generating 24/7 after 7 inches of rain. Also, sluice gates are releasing water.

Water is 4 ft up on the banks.

Sept. 23 – 29

Trout being caught up at the Center Hill Dam and a few walleye being taken on spoons during generating, which 24/7. Rockfish being caught from 7 mile and down river on Redfin lures. Look for the generators and sluice gates to go off next week (mid week). Most fishing is from boats. Fly fishing is streamers.

Water temperature is 50 degrees with clear water. Generating is heavy and sluice gates are still on 24/7.

Water level high up to the top of banks.

Sept. 30

Rockfish 32lb and 42lb caught at the Center Hill Dam area today. Trout being caught up at the Center Hill Dam and a few walleye being taken on spoons during generating, which 24/7. Rockfish being caught from 7 mile and down river on Redfin lures. Look for the generators and sluice gates to go off next week (mid week). Most fishing is from boats. Fly fishing is streamers.

Water temperature is 50 degrees with clear water. Generating is heavy and sluice gates are still on 24/7.

Water level high up to the top of banks.



October

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

Oct. 1 – 6

Several large brown trout and rockfish have been caught. The generating and sluicing is now back to 1 hour in the mornings, so wading fishing will be good for trout with spinning tackle and fly fishing. Looks like a great trout season is upon us. Good luck and let us here from you about your caught.

The water is 50 degrees and clear.

Caney Fork has been generating and sluicing 24/7 for several days, bringing large trout and rockfish to the dam area. The generators and sluice gates are off, only generating 1 hour in the mornings. Water level is out of it’s banks.

Oct. 7 – 13

Fishing is slow, some being caught from boats. Rockfish are being caught down river. Using larger and heavy weight lures and spoons.

Water temperature is 50 degrees.

Generating and sluicing 12 or more hours a day. Water is high on the banks, no wade fishing at this time.

Oct. 14 – 20

Fishing is a little slow this week. Some fish being taken from boats. No wade fishing water to high.

Generating and sluicing from the dam, water usually going off around 5:00pm. Caney Fork River is clear and temperature is 50 degrees.

Water is high on the banks of Caney.

Oct. 21 – 27

Trout fishing has pick up this week. Some large Brook trout being taken , (full of eggs) so use Salmon eggs, also using Prather Martins and Rooster Tails gold with orange. A Blue Wing Hatch this week on the river, use a small, really small blue wing olive fly.

The generating and sluicing is back to one hour in the morning , great time in the early morning or afternoon to wade fish.

Caney Fork water temperature is 50 degrees. The river is really clear in the upper and lower.

Oct. 28 – 31

The generators and sluice gates are off with only 1 -2 hours of generating a day. The trout fishing has been really good before generating in the early morning, after generating the trout fishing is somewhat slow. Using Rooster tails (Black and Brown). Fly fishing with Wooly Bugger (Olive and Black).

The water temperature is 50 degrees and clear.

Water level is off the river banks.



November

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

Nov. 1 – 3

The generators and sluice gates are off with only 1 -2 hours of generating a day. The trout fishing has been really good before generating in the early morning, after generating the trout fishing is somewhat slow. Using Rooster tails (Black and Brown). Fly fishing with Wooly Bugger (Olive and Black).

The water temperature is 50 degrees and clear.

Water level is off the river banks.

Nov. 4 – 10

Caney Fork River some really good trout being caught last week, 7 lb Rainbow and 6 lb Brown trout using Rooster Tails, Mepp’s. Fly fishing early morning and late afternoons. Wooly Buggins-Olive and Black, small Midge flies – Late afternoon on sunny day’s – Zebra midges-Black.

Water temperature is 54 degrees and clear.

Water level is high on the banks.

Nov. 11 – 17

The cold weather has arrived for the most part of the week. Not much generating from the dam, lots of fishing and wading time. Some trout being caught in the early morning before generating.

Water temperature is 59 degrees and clear.

Water level is low off the banks.

Nov. 18 – 24

Fishing still remains slow, the fish being caught has been good size. Using wooly buggers for fly fishing and using night crawlers for spin fishing. The fisherman’s have also slow down coming to the river to fish. It is a great time to come to the Caney Fork to have the river all to yourself!!!!

Caney Fork River is very clear with alot of weed-growth (great hideout for insects). River temperature is 59 degrees.

Very low on the banks, probably the lowest the river has been all year.

Nov. 25 – 30

The Caney is clear and water is very low on the banks, great for wade fishing. With beautiful weather for Thanksgiving holidays and crisp mornings and clear skies makes for a great day on the river. Brook trout being caught on Rooster tails, salmon eggs, and still using Power Baits. Fly fishing using some Hare’s ear, Black or Olive Woolly Buggers and Zebra Midges.

Clear and 59 degrees.

Caney Fork is still very low and off the banks.



December

Week

Fishing Report

Water Condition

Water Level

Dec. 1

Sorry been on vacation fishing report fishing been fair flies royal coachman, dark colors small has possible wooly buggers, Rooster tails white in color , Yozi pin minnows, seen a few nice rainbow nothing with much size.

Water is clear.

55 Degrees

Dec. 2 – 8

Sorry been on vacation fishing report fishing been fair flies royal coachman, dark colors small has possible wooly buggers, Rooster tails white in color , Yozi pin minnows, seen a few nice rainbow nothing with much size

Water is clear.

55 Degrees

Dec. 9 – 15

The generators and sluice gates are off with only 1-2 hours of generating mornings and afternoons. Trout fishing is a little slow, but some Brook trout being taken on spin tackle using spinners, Trout magnets, and night crawlers. Fly fishing using wooly buggers black and olive.

The river is clear and 55 degrees.

Water level is low on the banks.

Dec. 16 – 22

The generators and sluice gates are off with only 1-2 hours of generating mornings and afternoons. Trout fishing is a little slow, but some Brook trout being taken on spin tackle using spinners, Trout magnets, and night crawlers. Fly fishing using wooly buggers black and olive.

The river is clear and 55 degrees.

Water level is low on the banks.

Dec. 23 – 29

Sorry, No Fishing Report,we will be on vacation Happy Holidays and thanks for supporting us.

Dec. 30 – 31

Sorry, No Fishing Report,we will be on vacation Happy Holidays and thanks for supporting us.