It looks like we’re in for a generally warm week with some rainy weather here in the Smoky Mountain region. That’s not really a bad thing when you consider it’s mid-November and by the time it gets this late in the year rain could easily be snow in the mountains.
We saw some very cold overnight temperatures over the weekend and water temperatures reflected it as they dipped well into the 40’s from the 50’s we’ve been long accustomed to seeing. The fish didn’t seem to mind much though. The mornings were a bit slower than we’ve seen, but they kept on rising in the afternoon.
Water temperatures will certainly rise back into the 50’s this week as temperatures remain warm and a shot of warm rain will probably stimulate both the bugs and fish into action.
Tailwater schedules remain dismal in our neighborhood. The Clinch is too high to bother with right now and it looks as if the Holston River will be the same. You can find some fishable water up on the South Holston and Watauga if tailwaters are your thing.