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#1099673 - 12/24/08 10:13 AM Trout in Dale Hollow
B.D.
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Does anybody ever catch trout in the winter in Dale Hollow? I know they can be caught near the dam in the summer, fishing extremely deep with downriggers or bait. But in the winter when the water is cold, I assume they ought to come up shallow?

Does anybody know where to find them or a good way to catch them? I'm going to be staying up there for Christmas and trout fishing in the lake would be something different.

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#1099879 - 12/24/08 01:03 PM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: B.D.]
smstone22
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I caught a rainbow once on a float n fly rig in February on a bluff drop off that falls 80 feet vertically. Only one I have ever come across though, I would think it would tough to try and locate any numbers of them. Just go below the dam.
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#1100645 - 12/25/08 09:55 AM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: smstone22]
holstonangler
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If it fishes anything like Watauga, about the only way to catch them in the summer is to troll spoons and plugs. In the spring they usually come up shallow around the 30 foot range and they are much easier to catch.
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#1100736 - 12/25/08 11:38 AM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: holstonangler]
Wrangler95
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I fish the Obey River below the dam,plenty of trout there!!Brown and Rainbow!!
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#1103617 - 12/29/08 07:03 AM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: Wrangler95]
B.D.
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Yeah, anybody can catch trout in the Obey, but the lake has bigger fish. In the summer, it's nothing to catch an 18 to 20 inch fish on bait right above the dam, and I've heard of rainbows in the 5 to 7 pound class being caught on downriggers when it's hot. I am sure they come up shallow in the winter, but I don't know where.

Evidently, it's either a fishery nobody knows about, or nobody's talking. \:\(

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#1105151 - 12/30/08 10:42 AM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: B.D.]
Tubakka
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Brian,
This is completely second hand, but...

...when I was at Tech, I helped a grad student with a trout study concerning the success of stocked rainbows and browns [and lakers...I've seen pics of 40" fish...really skinny though, they weren't doing well...angler caught by the way...]. I know they pulled lots of trout during surveys of what forage base was being utilized by the trout primarily [...alewives...hint hint...with some bluebacks] and in the spring they'd sample some NICE rainbows that would barf up entire soft plastic swimbaits, like sluggo style...these were guys obviously smallmouth fishing in the back of coves in relatively shallow water. I hope this helps at least with the spring time. I'd stay in the coves around the dam area just from what I know...also, via a musky angler I know lots of trout are stocked around the Colson creek area. I bet some stay there year raound...if the monster muskies don't slurp them up first.
Happy New Year. been poppin' any more big rainbows Brian? By the way, PM me...I got some questions [friendly, keep it in the holster...] for you.

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#1107735 - 12/31/08 04:13 PM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: Tubakka]
B.D.
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PM sent. Maybe twice - &%$#@ computer...

Anyway, thanks for the information. I wound up having a little boat trouble while I was up there, so I had to stay on the Obey and didn't get to hit the lake. Maybe next time. Dale Hollow is such a big lake that it would be tough for a guy like me to ever learn it very well when I live 2 hours away. The trout on the lake are clearly a very underutilized fishery though.

The cabin we booked wound up being all the way in Fentress County on the East Fork of the Obey (my wife booked it and I didn't look at the address). It was nice, but it was an hour and ten minutes from the dam. Whenever you PM me, I might have some questions about muskies in that area.

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#1112034 - 01/04/09 10:09 AM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: B.D.]
bowriter
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I don't know if it has a name but if you are at the dam, with your back to the dam, the first cove on your right use to fill with trout in the winter.

It has been many years but for a while, fishing in the winter, way before the float and fly, we couldn't fish for smallmouth because the rainbows hit the dang fly and rind every cast in that cove.
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#1112251 - 01/04/09 01:44 PM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: bowriter]
ewc
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I don't know if that specific cove is named either, but the hollow where it's located is Dale Hollow - hence the name for the dam.

Named from William Dale I believe. Corps had a policy at the time of naming by location. I'd post a link, but don't know if I can anymore.

Do a search on Dale Hollow history - some very interesting reading if you enjoy Dale Hollow lake.

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#1113093 - 01/04/09 10:03 PM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: ewc]
TN_DeerSlayer
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I think the creek they are talking about by the dam is called Dale Hollow. That's what we call it anyway. I don't specifically fish for trout but I catch them by accident. I caught a 4.5# the other day on a 1/8 oz. hair jig. He bit just like a smallmouth. I also catch some fishing the float and fly. I think alot of the pulldowns that we get but don't catch are trout.
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