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#2946425 - 09/17/12 03:23 PM Duck River is low
catman529
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almost like the harpeth river, not really, but very low. I mostly ran my boat yesterday and did not fish half as much as I wanted. Because i had to get from point A to point B and hang a treestand with ImThere. The Howard Bridge ramp was closed till later in the afternoon for some hazardous operations training deal. So I put in downstream at Iron Bridge and basically ran all the way up to Howard Bridge without fishing. I left my boat there with the people watching it so nobody would mess with it. Went and hung the stand, and got dropped off at my truck at Iron Bridge, then drove back to where I left my boat and fished some until just after dark. I caught some bait and a micro smallmouth but that's about it. Main thing I noticed was the many times I had to get out and drag the boat through the shoals. Some of them I could have got through with the trolling motor but these dang weeds were too thick they would get caught in the prop.

Basically I wasted a bunch of time yesterday, due to lack of planning... I should have just gone and hung the tree stand first in the morning, and then fished the rest of the day. Passed many good looking fishing holes on the way upstream. Logged well over 15 miles on the river and hardly any fish to show for it. On the plus side, I can say I scouted an area of the river I will most likely use for fishing and hunting in the future. I got a better idea of what it's like and in low water conditions. I passed by the island where I found that upturned jon boat during deer season last year. All overgrown with ragweed but I recognized the spot and the water was probably 3 feet lower than it was when we dragged that boat out.

All that to say, has anyone been fishing the duck upstream of Columbia and had any luck lately? I am particularly interested in catfish and carp fishing because I have plenty of smallmouth fishing around the area I live. But I don't care what you were fishing for, I'd just like to know if the river is worth fishing when it's this low. It looks like a bigger version of the Harpeth but I felt lost trying to fish it, unlike the harpeth which I know very well...

Oh and the river should go up some with this rain. But then I will be deer hunting.....
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#2946451 - 09/17/12 03:34 PM Re: Duck River is low [Re: catman529]
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Good luck hunting up there. I really want try the duck this year. My buddy and his son went up there and both killed good bucks. A ten point and a monster 7 point.

I'll most likely hunt it later in bow season.
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#2946458 - 09/17/12 03:37 PM Re: Duck River is low [Re: Master Chief]
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good luck. Bow season won't be so infested with hunters like it is during rifle season. You should hear it on opening morning of gun season!
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#2946901 - 09/17/12 07:54 PM Re: Duck River is low [Re: catman529]
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I like it when its low. The lower the better.
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#2946998 - 09/17/12 08:43 PM Re: Duck River is low [Re: AllOutdoors]
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 Originally Posted By: AllOutdoors
I like it when its low. The lower the better.
I feel the same way about the Harpeth. The duck is just a bit different and I'll have to figure it out.
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#2947594 - 09/18/12 11:07 AM Re: Duck River is low [Re: catman529]
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Been years since I've fished the duck by I have caught some good fish there. They seemed to be extra strong.( just a weird thing I remember about it). I also remember seeing a man with a nice sized striper on a stringer under the bridge by hwy 50. That was ten years ago tho.
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#2949251 - 09/19/12 04:23 PM Re: Duck River is low [Re: Mudbone]
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I use to hunt over there by the iron bridge road I think it was a good 18 years ago. I always saw deer and even saw a monster buck one time that I should have killed but I was to young and inexperienced at the time to take the shot. GOOD LUCK

Edited by Hollar Hunter (09/19/12 04:56 PM)
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#2949293 - 09/19/12 05:18 PM Re: Duck River is low [Re: Hollar Hunter]
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yep I passed a fawn last year not far from howard bridge, not hunted by iron bridge yet, there are always trucks parked there.

oh an the duck aint low anymore since the rain. The day I went was the last day it was low...
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#2952242 - 09/21/12 11:02 PM Re: Duck River is low [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
yep I passed a fawn last year not far from howard bridge, not hunted by iron bridge yet, there are always trucks parked there.

oh an the duck aint low anymore since the rain. The day I went was the last day it was low...


Your right. It's not low anymore and that stinks. Logs, leaves, and everything else floating down now. However since the shads fall run the fishing is still good. I did have to run up in the Buffalo to find a smallmouth though. I am still catching plenty of spots and largemouth even though the water looks like chocolate milk with trees floating in it.

Good luck hunting.


Edited by AllOutdoors (09/21/12 11:04 PM)
Edit Reason: added the good luck hunting
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#2968962 - 10/04/12 05:35 PM Re: Duck River is low [Re: AllOutdoors]
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Sorry about the inconvenience Catman for the boat ramp being closed. Divers were looking for and recovered many items in the river that day pertaining to various crimes. There are no more scheduled closures the rest of the year that I know of.
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#2968963 - 10/04/12 05:36 PM Re: Duck River is low [Re: AllOutdoors]
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Sorry about the inconvenience Catman for the boat ramp being closed. Divers were looking for and recovered many items in the river that day pertaining to various crimes. There are no more scheduled closures the rest of the year that I know of.
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#2969341 - 10/04/12 10:32 PM Re: Duck River is low [Re: Deez]
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 Originally Posted By: Deez
Sorry about the inconvenience Catman for the boat ramp being closed. Divers were looking for and recovered many items in the river that day pertaining to various crimes. There are no more scheduled closures the rest of the year that I know of.
Interesting, did not know that. They said they were doing some kind of training. Some of them had diving gear and they never left the immediate area of the ramp. They watched my boat while I left it and went to hang a treestand.
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