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#1247445 - 03/19/09 12:11 PM Lake Trout in Norris Lake
bobthebowhunter
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Had a fella tell me he runs into schools of them up by the dam. I don't doubt there could be a couple, but he acts like he can catch them anytime he wants.

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#1247547 - 03/19/09 01:21 PM Re: Lake Trout in Norris Lake [Re: bobthebowhunter]
InfoMan
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lake trout were stocked in Norris Lake many years ago. Have not had any reports in years.

Below the dam, there are rainbow, brown and now brook trout.

May be thinking the brooks are lake trout.

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#1247935 - 03/19/09 04:18 PM Re: Lake Trout in Norris Lake [Re: ]
buckmoss1
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Did you see Jake Butchers house boat when you dived by the dam?
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#1248087 - 03/19/09 06:04 PM Re: Lake Trout in Norris Lake [Re: buckmoss1]
Tubakka
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Hook,
Amen. Put it to rest. I mean, 100 pounds? Sure. Maybe even a 150 or 200 pounds...I don't consider that out of the question of the indeterminate growth of a blue or flathead catfish...and I think fish that size swim in most reservoirs in the southern half of the United States. 80-100 pounds are probably fairly common...but Volkswagens? Not likely...have to go to the Po or Danube to get catfish like that...say...or just bring them here..

Oh, the Wels fargo wagon is a comin'....

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#1248788 - 03/19/09 09:35 PM Re: Lake Trout in Norris Lake [Re: ]
hunter drew
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The biggest i ever saw was at Ft loudoun...We was diving 90 ft setting trash racks there....The catfish swimed right between my legs as i was moving sticks and other stuff...well the cat was close to 4 1/2 ft long and his head was as big around as a 5 gallon bucket...I been on alot of the dams thur the TVA system...from norris to Ky dam and also Fontana...A few years ago we was diving 207 at Fontana and nowhere near bottom
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#1249952 - 03/20/09 12:36 PM Re: Lake Trout in Norris Lake [Re: ]
bobthebowhunter
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook
When I first moved here, myself and 2 fisheries biologists with TVA worked for 2 solid weeks trying to find out if any of the lake trout were still alive. We found no signs of them. We did find both rainbow and brown trout (which was odd), but zero lake trout.

Our species had everything imaginable including things they did not know there were many of in that reservoir.

Not saying they still couldn't be there somewhere, but after combing every likely location we came up with zilch.

Oh and BTW I hear all these urban legends of giant catfish at the base of the dam, best I can tell that is total BS. We dove a ton in that area and saw plenty of catfish, and some big ones, but none as rumored which were as big as VW bugs.


The legends of big cats by the dam are a part of every lake. I have heard that story about Lake Martin (AL), Smith Lake (AL), Ft Nasty, and just about every body of water that has a large dam someone will say they saw a fish as big as pick up.
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#1250058 - 03/20/09 02:30 PM Re: Lake Trout in Norris Lake [Re: bobthebowhunter]
mike243
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 Originally Posted By: bobthebowhunter
 Originally Posted By: captain hook
When I first moved here, myself and 2 fisheries biologists with TVA worked for 2 solid weeks trying to find out if any of the lake trout were still alive. We found no signs of them. We did find both rainbow and brown trout (which was odd), but zero lake trout.

Our species had everything imaginable including things they did not know there were many of in that reservoir.

Not saying they still couldn't be there somewhere, but after combing every likely location we came up with zilch.

Oh and BTW I hear all these urban legends of giant catfish at the base of the dam, best I can tell that is total BS. We dove a ton in that area and saw plenty of catfish, and some big ones, but none as rumored which were as big as VW bugs.


The legends of big cats by the dam are a part of every lake. I have heard that story about Lake Martin (AL), Smith Lake (AL), Ft Nasty, and just about every body of water that has a large dam someone will say they saw a fish as big as pick up.

dat true \:\) ,mike243
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#1250093 - 03/20/09 03:01 PM Re: Lake Trout in Norris Lake [Re: mike243]
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I have been trying to stock Norris with sharks for several years. I am glad they are surviving, and someone caught one. I might try dolphins next.
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#1250154 - 03/20/09 03:47 PM Re: Lake Trout in Norris Lake [Re: Nhill]
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 Originally Posted By: Nhill
I have been trying to stock Norris with sharks for several years.


I would like to expand this program to Old Hickory. Maybe they would help control the jet ski population.

bd

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#1254139 - 03/23/09 09:00 AM Re: Lake Trout in Norris Lake [Re: B.D.]
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I always hear the ones that the divers refuse to go down after swimming down there. I had an interesting twist on it in an Adirondack lake known for producing 50" pike, that apparently a diver saw a pike by the dam that spooked him up so fast he got the bends. All conjecture as far as I know, but still. Sharks? Bull sharks have found their way into S. Illinois waters , namely right off the MS river, up to around St. Louis, and the state department every now and then will net one. I mean, theoreticallly they could live, but probably not reproduce and no, there's a 99.9% chance that guys full of crap.
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