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\r\n Logan....it sounds like you were on the right track. Some days they\'re just not buying what you\'re selling. I\'ve never fished for Trout there.....though I know they\'re there. The locals have even stocked Browns and Walleyes there......but NC doesn\'t stock Trout there as far as I know. I go there for Swimbait fishing....as the lake has Bluebacks....and a nice population of brown and green bass.
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\nIf you\'re going that far though......I might suggest you take a left and head to Bear Creek if you want Trout. Head for the island and turn left. The Trout are stacked up at the mouths of the streams. It\'s pretty water....and you can eliminate two thirds of the lake right now. There are Walleye and Bass there as well......and a Lot of Trout. I got my largest trout there on the last trip. Good Luck....D
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    \r\n Bear and cedar cliff I fish a lot. Both I can get to in the spring and fish for a couple hours after I get off at 5. I grew up camping on glenville on the islands, you know before they put houses on them. We were actually the last people to legally camp on the small island across from the dam. I quit going there because it has gotten so crowded. It was nice to get on it and see one other boat. Also Ive been trying to learn how to find fish at different times of year on different lakes to start building up a fairly expectation where to find trout and when. We learned it from crappie fishing down east with my buddy and its opened us up to fishing a lot of unknown lakes to us and having success. But Im not gonna lie I spend the time 50/50 fishing for walleye then trout.
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    \r\n Yeah.....like you, I Can\'t Stand Glenville in the Summer.....and I have watched it get more and more crowded over the years. That\'s why I have grown to love winter fishing so much.......everywhere. There are also too many jet ski\'s on Cedar Cliff (The College) these days in the summer, but, mainly because it\'s so small. Cedar Cliff is a personal favorite.....and I will miss it the next couple of years. The large Bass there that feed on the Trout are what I will miss most of all. It should re-open in the winter of 2021....and I\'ll be there...D\r\n
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    \r\n Bear, Wolf and Cedar Cliff have good dissolved oxygen and temperatures from top to bottom even during the summer.
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    \nThats what makes them great for stocking rainbow trout.
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    \nFew NC lakes have good year around trout habitat anymore but those 3 lakes do.\r\n
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    \r\n Quote Originally Posted by gambusia\r\n View Post\r\n
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    Bear, Wolf and Cedar Cliff have good dissolved oxygen and temperatures from top to bottom even during the summer.
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    Are you implying that the big lake like Fontana, Apalachia, Santeetlah, and others are going downhill as they silt-in....??? It certainly appears that Fontana\'s discharge water is getting warmer as it silts-in. It used to be consistently colder. The oxygen content in it\'s discharge was horrid until oxygen injection came along. I remember when Trout wouldn\'t grow in downstream Cheoah Lake.
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    \r\n I was pretty impressed to see the lakes had completely turned over.....and the Water Temps were nearly the same (less than one degree) at 80 ft as they were at the surface (isothermal). This is very healthy for a lake as the Oxygen gets redistributed throughout the depths and the wind is able to thoroughly mix both oxygen and nutrients. It\'s also important that the majority of these lakes are still covered with trees and steep hillsides....which helps keep them cooler in the summers. The three mentioned....Bear, Wolf, Cedar Cliff ......are all still Oligotrophic Lakes.....though weeds are beginning to creep in as the climate changes. As Gambusia said....it\'s good year round Trout Habitat. I hope they stay that way....D
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    \r\n I will also add....that of the four lakes I fished a week ago.....Fontana was the warmest at 55 degrees. The other three lakes were all around 48 degrees. That was a surprising and significant difference. Fontana has such an incredible range of habitat and changing depths......that locating the Trout can be the hardest part.....D\r\n
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    \r\n I would agree with you mostly, but, I\'ve noticed over the years that Fontana is always different. It is such a vast Lake....with the Little Tennessee, Tuckaseegee and Nantahala rivers all flowing into it with different temperatures. Add in streams like Eagle and Hazel and dozens of others....along with the ever-changing depths..... and you can often find localized conditions. For example....I can almost always catch Trout in July up Hazel and Eagle Creeks in the cooler waters before they mix with the lake waters. Meanwhile, they will be 60 ft or deeper on the main lake.
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    \r\n I think it fluctuates (churn) on Fontana as well....and that was the actual Point i was trying to make. Fontana is a Catch-All Watershed lake for the area and the TVA uses it for Flood Control. The Lake Level can change as much as 25 Feet in a week if sustained rainfall hits the area. Ten foot fluctuations are not unusual at all. Conditions are always changing. I Always check the Lake Level before heading there. There can also be an influx of warmer waters from the Rivers in the form of run-off causing temperatures to change.
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    Forgot to add that if you fished Fontana and were happy then you should fish the next two lakes down. Last years tournament on Cheoah (it was an outlier of a day) showed the potential that lake has. Calderwood, being even further downstream gets even less pressure and has, to me, an even greater potential to produce the occasional double digit trout. This time of year you can troll the surface down to 15\' feet and catch a variety of trout in either lake. We run the riggers just deep enough at times to get the lures below the surface and have plenty of action.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Troutgirl View Post
      I think that Fontana is starting to silt-in enough to reduce it's volume significantly. It's discharge water has been getting warmer in the last decade. I can't imagine any other reason for this development. More sand and less water in the depths near the dam.
      I'm going to disagree with you a bit on this. Considering where the gates are located for the infeed and the full depth of the lake at that end the volume of water won't be impacted that that large of a degree...in my opinion. The bigger issue to me is mild weather and sunny days keeping the lake temps warm. Saying that, I'm about ready to head back to Watauga. We learned a lot up there last year and hope to bring in something bigger.

      Quote Originally Posted by Artisanthe View Post

      The distance between those two lengths of conduit going into the depths is about 10' and a great place to tie off if night fishing. If my memory is correct the depth there is in the 120'-130' range when in normal summer range.

      Shea

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