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#1083779 - 12/15/08 08:42 AM Re: Caney Fork [Re: shorefisherman]
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Posts: 782
Loc: Tennessee

BD, That is VERY good footwork, and great data. The thing is though...the reason I speak for Center Hill is already does. Talk to any walleye fishermen that fishes Rock Island in the winter, and they'll tell you. Most of them have muskies stories of fish up to 50". I've personally hooked into them down there that big, and had one follow up that was a bump above that, in fact biggest musky in the wild I've seen to date. Lots of healthy fish in the mid 30 to low 40" range. They do great in there, I guarantee. They have the same general optimum growing temps as the walleyes, and the walleyes do fantastic in there. You must realize I come from growing up fishing a musky lake that would develop a thermocline at 15 feet in the summer time and the water would stratify down there in the mid to high 70's which is fine in fact great for musies unless they get caught, then they can often die, which was a serious problem in the summer time. They threatened to move legally against musky angling, but to be frank...just as many muskies were caught by i ncidental bass anglers, SO what are they going to do CLOSE THE LAKE? Foolish...just stock more fish to compensate for the mortality in my opinion. My point is we know they have a great naturally reproducing population ABOVE Center Hill with fresh incoming water from several spring system fed feeder creeks, with very little dispersal area considering Great Falls riverine nature. And I know for a fact this goes against the fisheries study I received...but...well...being a spoonplugger we routinely troll down to depths of 20-30 feet and beyond [I lose control around 55 feet trolling on standard tackle] and even when the biologists on Kinkaid were saying no fish could live below 15 feet in the summer time we'd routinely get bass and muskies down to 22-25 feet and even once at 30 where I quote, there was no dissolved oxygen. I've heard it several times where people have witness fish via camera living where they shouldn't be able to even breath. Frankly, I have no idea how or why, and I think it is to note that most of the fish down in those depths are rarely active nad hard to catch most of the time, never knows. That's just personal experience; I can't blame biologists for thinking what they think, because I would too had I not experienced it but...

...long story short, muskies would be an amazing addition to the rich systems strung all along the Tennessee and Cumberland river systems, and are already prevalent in Center Hill in the upper stretch [I know a good source who claims that a few times in the spring, you can actually see a mass movement of muskies as they funnel into the upper end of Center Hill to spawn near Rock Island] and to be frank, man it'd sure be fun to latch into one of those running up the Caney to hit-and-fade some rainbows and browns.

#1085450 - 12/15/08 08:32 PM Re: Caney Fork [Re: Tubakka]
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Registered: 11/22/99
Posts: 3563
Loc: Hendersonville, TN, USA

Great posts...keep it up!
It's not rocket surgery, for crying outside!

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