The Caney Fork River is just about as equally known for the well stocked trout fishing as it is for recreational canoeing and kayaking!
For beginning fishermen, the Caney Fork River is the place to be! Every year, the river is stocked with around 100,000 (yes, THOUSANDS) of Rainbow and Brown Trout. Talk about upping your chances!
If you want a day of fishing with an expert, let us know. We can hook (pun intended) you up with a great fishing guide!
Just a reminder, as per Tennessee law you must have a fishing license to fish on the Caney Fork. You can purchase your license online at www4.wildlifelicense.com/tn. You will be able to print off a temporary pass.
The fish in our river:
The Rainbow Trout is by far the most encountered form of trout. This fish will typically have glowing rows of black spots on the back, sides and tail. A pinkish (rainbow) band can be found on both sides. The Rainbow trout is noted for its spectacular leaps and hard fighting when hooked.
Rainbow trout thrive in clear, cool streams and rivers but have been known to survive in warm silt bottom streams, though they prefer a temperature range of 55° -60° F. The Caney Fork is a cool 55° year round. A trout haven!
The adult rainbow trout migrates to shallow riffles or small, clear streams to spawn in early spring, as the water temperature begins to rise. Spawning can continue through the month of June. Spawning trout are characterized by generally darker coloration. Rainbow Trout that are spawning prefer a temperature range of 44° -50° F
Rainbow trout will feed mainly on crustaceans, plant material and aquatic insects during the first two or three years of life. At approximately 3 years of age, they will move into larger water (lakes, rivers) and change their diet to fish, large insects, and even small rodents.
The best time of year to catch Rainbow Trout’s is the spring and fall, before and after spawning. They become powerful animals with an incredible appetite and can be caught on an assortment of spinners, flies, and baits. Many trout fishermen have success with small colorful spinners, spoons, and jigs. Popular flies include mudders, streamers, nymphs, and egg patterns.
The Brown Trout can be distinguished by their brownish-yellow color with dark and red spots on an olive background. The Brown Trout’s square tail has few or no spots.The Caney Fork River is the perfect home for a this particular breed. The Brown Trout prefer a slower flowing water with lots of minnows, however they have been known to take up residency in small, swift streams and creeks. Brown Trout grow faster and larger than the other species of trout.
The Brown Trout will move into their home streams and tributaries to spawn during October and November. Ideal conditions for spawning are a gravely bottom at the head of a stream, with a temperature range of 44° -48° F.
As a young trout, the Brown feeds mainly on aquatic insects. Once the trout reach maturity their diet turns towards medium minnows and chubs occasionally feasting on large crayfish and even rodents. Large trophy class Browns can feed on smaller trout other game fish (Bass, Perch, etc.).
When fishing for Brown Trout, they, like all trout will seize a good opportunity for a meal, or what they think is a good meal (spinner, fly, crank bait). Arguably the hardest trout to catch, often the largest feed only at night and very selectively. Brown’s can be taken with dry flies, streamers and stonefly nymphs for the fly fisherman. Spoons, spinners, plugs, night crawlers, hellgrammites, and crawfish are favorites of the spin fisherman.
Be careful when stalking this elusive fish, all trout have excellent above water vision. The Brown lives as long as it does by hiding at the first sign of movement. Once hooked they tend to be stubborn fighters going deep in an effort to run underneath a fallen tree or rock.
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