09/19/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (Little BWOs)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Little Yellow Quills (
Heptagenia Group)
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
5.    Needle Stoneflies
6.    Slate Drakes
7.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
8.    Grasshoppers
9.    Ants (includes Flying Ants)
10.  Beetles
11.  Craneflies
12.  Great Brown Autumn Sedge

Great Weather Forecast For The Coming Week
The forecast for cool weather and higher chances of rain this week couldn't be much
better. It should turn out to be a great time to fish the Smokies. I know of a couple of
groups of guys that will be visiting and fishing this week. That should turn out to be an
good choice of times to be here.

The car show at Pigeon Forge made it just about impossible to move on the main
drag through town this past week. I doubt there was an empty motel room in the
county. October is just a few days away and the town will again fill up with visitors.
People have still not learned to use the by-pass roads.

Guntersville Lake:
I visited my mother in Guntersville yesterday. Although I have fished Guntersville Lake
on and off my entire life, it still never ceases to amaze me at the number of anglers
that are usually on the lake. Football season doesn't seem to have any effect on the
bass anglers.

Driving from Scottsboro to Guntersville, I counted over 60 boats (plus or minus a boat
or two) on the lake and it's impossible to see over 10% of the water in the 79,000 acre
lake. I would bet there were several times that many boats in total. What I passed,
includes none of the lower lake, the huge Brown's Creek or eastern side of the lake
and its large creeks. Some boat launches had as many as forty or fifty boat trailers in
the parking areas. I thought there must be a tournament going on and stopped at one
of the tackle shops to grab a bottle of water and ask about it. I was wrong. It was just a
normal late summer weekend day according to the shop owner. There wasn't even a
local tournament going on.

Something else dawned on me. Although there's far more anglers fishing the lake
these days, there's fewer tackle shops than there ever has been. It proves most of the
bass guys are buying their tackle online. I actually already knew that from data
received from the big dealers, it's just that it's also very obvious from a physical
standpoint.

Keep in mind, these bass boats average from about a minimum of 20 grand up to 50
grand each. My guess is there were more bass anglers on Guntersville Lake
yesterday than fly anglers fishing the entire Southeastern U.S.

In the late1970's, a local sports writer wrote an article in the Guntersville paper
featuring what I had to say about the Eurasian milfoil that was rapidly growing in the
lake. At the time, I was a Mobile Alabama resident fishing the BASS tournament circuit.
The grass was beginning to get thick and most all the property owners were
complaining about the grass. I predicted that from my experience fishing other lakes
across the nation with the grass, it would create a big boom in bass fishing on the
lake. That turned out to be true.

At the time, most locals, including the fisherman, thought I was nuts and what I said
good about milfoil was not very welcome. It wasn't even acceptable to the local
anglers that fished the lake. They thought it was a big problem that was destroying
the fishery.

Many anglers confused milfoil with hydrilla. Milfold will only grow so deep in a lake,
depending on the water clarity or light penetration. Hydrilla also makes a great habitat
for bass but it can literally take over a lake. It grows in much deeper water than milfold
and can get so thick it chokes out the physical space and oxygen. Now the lake has
its share of both types of aquatic vegetation but there's one thing for certain.
Guntersville Lake is a largemouth bass fish hatchery.

My brother recently purchased a cabin on the lake and is spending more time there
than his home in Laurel Valley at Townsend Tennessee. Even he can catch a bass
there.
I hope he doesn't read this.


Copyright 2011 James Marsh