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#1116263 - 01/06/09 03:29 PM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: TN_DeerSlayer]
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Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 1484
Loc: Hendersonville TN

Yeah, that's what has got me interested - big trout get caught "by accident" on float & fly by the smallmouth guys, but nobody's really fishing for the trout intentionally. It seems like a very under-appreciated fishery.

I agree with you that a lot of your pulldowns that you're missing may be trout - they've got a lot faster strike than a smallmouth.


#1131070 - 01/15/09 07:48 PM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: B.D.]
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Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 764

Are they still putting lakers in Dale Hollow?
#1131555 - 01/16/09 06:55 AM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: Doskil]
6 Point

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 782
Loc: Tennessee

No, and the state thinks the just swam to the bottom and died...but that makes no sense as DH is a two story fishery with oxygen almost down to the bottom to support those guys, AND a huge forage base, better so than Watauga reservoir, where they do rather well [held a 34" laker in my hands personally]...they were just never targeted. I met a guy in Cookeville, who ironically had caught an 11 pound rainbow out of the Caney too...good fisherman...had pictures of a few lakers from a few years back from DH caught below the dam. Big fish, pushing 40". No kidding. He's a bouncer at one of the bars in town, among other things.
#1134645 - 01/18/09 03:31 PM Re: Trout in Dale Hollow [Re: Tubakka]
8 Point

Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 1484
Loc: Hendersonville TN

Toward the end, it's my understanding that the lakers weren't doing well. I've been told that gradual eutrophication of Dale Hollow was the problem, due to O2 depletion in the deepest, coldest water that the lakers preferred. However, I haven't seen data on that - it's just hearsay.

Regardless, they've started stocking brown trout in place of the lakers now. That would make sense since browns can tolerate warmer water than the lakers do, so they don't have to go as deep in the summer and can stay in the oxygen-rich water.

I've only talked to one person who has caught browns on Dale Hollow, but reportedly some were up into the 10 pound range, so they must be doing well enough. Evidently, hardly anybody is really fishing for them.


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