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Started by Woolly Bugger, May 02, 2022, 11:32:17 AM

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I'm going to try and hit the Tar River run next spring.

Also would like to get into the Pee Dee River Shad run at Blewett Falls — Fred would like the catfish action down there too!
ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!
me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.
My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

trout-r-us

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So many places; so little time.

Haven't been to Blewett's area in about 8 years. Issue down there was erratic flows, as generation at the dam was not well published. Perhaps it's better now.
We never hit it during the Shad run, but did have some fun with catfish.


trout-r-us

There's a unique fishery on that part of the Pee Dee in the hot summer when mussels are dying off where Mullet run up from the coast to feed on the mussels and hit flies that emulate the mussels.  I've seen the mussels floating by while catfishing in July, but was told the mullet usually arrive in August. Once again, this was all 10-12 years ago.
Another thing I've always wanted to try but never made the time. 🙁
https://www.theflyfishingforum.com/forums/index.php?threads/prey-fish-becoming-predators.5659/

Onslow

Mack McCorkle fishes the Tar quite a bit at the Fall Line.  Lots of shad, and some pretty mean stripers as well, oh, and a 7 pound largemouth was caught last year.

When Fishwhisperer and Mack fished the Pee Dee below Blewett in September about 6 years ago, they caught a few striper, some pan fish.  No bass.  Mack caught a Buffalo on a fluke.  There are a ton of blue cats which are not the best flyrod catfish. As Fred already knows, Channels and Flatheads are where it's at. One of my bucket list floats is the Pee Dee from Blewett to Cheraw.

Flows are more stable now, and when possible, weekends are set at recreational flows (3000cfs). Obviously this goal was not attainable in recent years due to copious amounts of rain.  This year is the year to fish the Yadkin chain.  Water flows are lower than normal, less mud.

Falls Lake below Badin is a cool place.  Very hilly and pretty. 

I've oft wondered about the mega buffalo spawns at the upper end of Blewett .....

Woolly Bugger

The Blewitt powerhouse was flooded in 2018 and it knocked out all 6 generators, 5 of which were repaired by 2020 and the 6th came online in 2021.
They are using a capture pen in the tailrace for moving shad and eels to the lake, the fish swim into the pen then are moved to a tank where the shad are then transported to the lake and other fish are released back into the tailrace. There is construction to change this process where a transfer system is being built to replace the current transportation method of trucking the fish. Also, the old catwalk is permanently closed due to the placement to the shad capture pen. However, a new fishing pier is being built and should be open by next year. 
ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!
me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.
My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Woolly Bugger

This conservationist dreams of a day when he can't catch shad in the Kennebec River

>>>Willie Grenier grew up in Lewiston as an avid angler.

His enthusiasm for fishing in the Little Androscoggin River was ruined when, as a youngster, he saw human feces in the water while he was fishing.

"Trying to fish in the Little Androscoggin and not being able to fish because it was polluted, it really affected me," Grenier said of what planted the seed for many future years of educating Mainers about the environment.


In those days, the late 1950s, Maine's industrial rivers were polluted by effluent from paper mills operating along their banks, and by raw sewage that was dumped into the water. Stricter pollution standards and efforts by conservation groups have significantly cleaned up Maine waters.

That includes the Kennebec River, which Grenier and his wife, Jan, live about 300 yards from at their home in Waterville. Now the 75-year-old promotes the once-polluted Kennebec as a productive water to catch American shad, which regained access to that stretch of the river in 1999 when the Edwards Dam in Augusta was removed.

"I like to take people who've never fished and catch shad, give them a thrill," Grenier said.




https://bangordailynews.com/2022/05/25/outdoors/conservationist-dreaming-of-not-catching-shad-joam40zk0w/
ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!
me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.
My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

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