Winter warm-up may affect area angling

George Thwaites • May 3, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Nights have been cold enough for long enough to create pockets of traditional winter bass fishing on most of our regional TVA reservoirs.

But fixed winter patterns still haven’t taken hold across the board and a warming trend is on the way.

This does not mean fishing is poor. To the contrary. It just isn’t confined to the usual parameters.

“Because we haven’t had much snow, we never really got the water temperatures down that much,” observed Rod Colyer at Colgard Outdoor Sports in Norton.“After this week, I’m sure it’s coming back up,” said Colyer, who has continued to hear encouraging reports from anglers casting the Damiki Armor Shad on rocky banks at Cherokee Lake. Rex Pendergrass at Watson’s Marine in Bluff City reports that bass fishing is “red hot” on Boone on Alabama rigs.

He’s heard good word from anglers coming in from Watauga, South Holston and Cherokee who’ve had success tight-lining duck feather flies and GULP! Minnows. He’s also heard of a blade bait bite on Cherokee and on Douglas.

He can’t predict if the warming trend will dampen these cold-month methods. It may merely ensure a wide range of methods remaining in play.

“You never know how fish are going to react to it. The last time I fished at South Holston, the surface temperature was 54 degrees and we caught fish five feet deep and 50 feet deep,” Pendergrass said.“There were fish everywhere, but not in any one place. They were scattered all over the place in transition.”

For more detailed news on local angling conditions, see the complete Fishing Report in the Jan. 11 edition of the Kingsport Times-News.

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