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#3350301 - 09/07/13 10:00 AM Wade fishing yesterday....
catman529
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was real disappointing. Figured I'd get out and wade the Harpeth River yesterday evening since I might not be doing it again this year once deer season opens. I went with a buddy of mine to this one stretch of river that has been good to me in the past. I had 2 solid hits, but no hook ups. My buddy caught 1 tiny rock bass. He said he has fished this stretch of river a handful of times this summer, and the fishing has sucked. But maybe it's not just that stretch of river.... he also talked to this mexican guy recently, who fishes all over the river. The mexican told him something like "I no catch any big fish this year" and normally he catches some real good ones. Maybe the wet summer has done something to the fishing here, anyone notice anything similar?
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#3350309 - 09/07/13 10:12 AM Re: Wade fishing yesterday.... [Re: catman529]
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Maybe the Mexican ate them all! LOL
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#3350314 - 09/07/13 10:19 AM Re: Wade fishing yesterday.... [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
Maybe the wet summer has done something to the fishing here, anyone notice anything similar?

I would have to wonder if, more so than in a typical rainfall year, could there have been more fish "washed" downstream?

Think about it.
A "flash flood" could move a lot of fish farther downstream, and right into the next bigger stream, river, or lake. In the case of the Harpeth, there's not much "above" it containing comparably sized fish. Thus, only smaller fish could flow in, while more larger fish could flow out.

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#3350316 - 09/07/13 10:24 AM Re: Wade fishing yesterday.... [Re: Wes Parrish]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
 Originally Posted By: catman529
Maybe the wet summer has done something to the fishing here, anyone notice anything similar?

I would have to wonder if, more so than in a typical rainfall year, could there have been more fish "washed" downstream?

Think about it.
A "flash flood" could move a lot of fish farther downstream, and right into the next bigger stream, river, or lake. In the case of the Harpeth, there's not much "above" it containing comparably sized fish. Thus, only smaller fish could flow in, while more larger fish could flow out.
from my experience, floods don't wash fish downstream, and they are always back in their normal hideouts when the water goes down. The harpeth is over 100 miles long and you can find fish about as far upstream as you can go. My guess is maybe the rain has kept more food coming into the river and keeping the fish better fed so they aren't hungry. Just a guess though.
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#3350325 - 09/07/13 10:37 AM Re: Wade fishing yesterday.... [Re: catman529]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
from my experience, floods don't wash fish downstream, and they are always back in their normal hideouts when the water goes down. The harpeth is over 100 miles long and you can find fish about as far upstream as you can go. My guess is maybe the rain has kept more food coming into the river and keeping the fish better fed so they aren't hungry. Just a guess though.

I'd speculate the fish have been better fed this year by Mother Nature, and you have a valid thought there.

Normally, heavy rains aren't going to wash many fish downstream, and I don't know how your area flooding has compared to mine this year. But I saw the highest watermarks of my lifetime this past April on a stream I regularly examine, and in this isolated case, all the larger fish were washed downstream and directly into the Tennessee River. They have not returned (yet), although this particular stream is no where near the average depth of the Harpeth, nor do I have much more than a few hundred yards of consistent year-round flow coming from upstream.

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#3350800 - 09/07/13 04:47 PM Re: Wade fishing yesterday.... [Re: Wes Parrish]
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Yeah the harpeth flows year round and I'm a good ways from the mouth. Maybe the fish just have been better fed this year. Maybe making for bigger fish next year ;\)
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#3351265 - 09/07/13 11:17 PM Re: Wade fishing yesterday.... [Re: catman529]
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I haven't been in creek sense early but it was high in the spring while I was smally fishing we still caught a whole lot but not near the normal size we normally do. so I do think all this rain messed it up. I have a few buddies that fish creeks all the time and they haven't been doing to good either.
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#3354583 - 09/10/13 09:01 PM Re: Wade fishing yesterday.... [Re: deerhunter10]
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I havnt fished the Harpeth in a few weeks but I have had an awesome year on it.
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#3355100 - 09/11/13 09:15 AM Re: Wade fishing yesterday.... [Re: SilverFox]
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 Originally Posted By: SilverFox
Maybe the Mexican ate them all! LOL
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#3355290 - 09/11/13 11:24 AM Re: Wade fishing yesterday.... [Re: AROD]
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I floated the harpeth a weeke and a half ago. I only caught 10 fish total which is not great for the harpeth but I was using bigger baits. I did catch 2 smallies in the 1 1/2 pound range. I think the fishing pressure may be affecting the fishing. The size of the fish we catch have been getting smaller and smaller every year for the last few years.
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