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 Post subject: Catawba help
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:16 am 
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I have read where the state is again trying to improve the Catawba tail water fishery. It seems there is very little access and it is a mostly a float river.Would anyone care to share any areas where there is wade fishing available? Also what to look for with the generation schedule? If you feel more comfortable with a PM that is fine. thank you dave male


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 Post subject: Re: Catawba help
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:21 pm 
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Dave
There is some access right below the dam. I helped work on the Catawba about 10 years ago. Certainly a very tough project. Yes, it is a mostly "float " river and the fishing is not all that great.
Mstash lives there and fishes it occasionally - You might PM him

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 Post subject: Re: Catawba help
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:29 pm 
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There is a long term plan to build a greenway along the upper portion, along with several more canoe access points. Right now, though, I think access is still pretty limited. There's a hatchery supported stretch right below the dam that has a parking lot, fishing pier, boat launch, etc. I've not been there, though. If I'm driving that far, another hour on I-40 will get me to Asheville.


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 Post subject: Re: Catawba help
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:47 am 
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First call Generation before planning your trip

828-584-1451

http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/schedu ... leases.asp

Get on I-40 west

Get off at Exit 100 Jamestown RD

Get back on entrance ramp headed west BUT turn off to the rt. on Reep Rd

Go to the end where it meets HWY 70 (T intersection)

Turn left onto Hwy 70

Go about 2 miles to the first Light

Turn Rt. Over bridge (Rail Road Tracks)

Go to 4 way stop

Go through 4 way stop

Until you get to the river. Before Bridge turn rt into parking lot



This is Watermill landing where you will take out Leave your other car here. Built by TRTU (But bring you keys with you)

Or you can put in here and go to Judges Riverside on the Greenway. Not as long of a trip as the top section. About 3hrs



OK To get to the put in



Go back to the 4way stop and turn Rt.

In about a mile there will be a y intersection stay left down the hill.

Stay on this Rd Powerhouse Rd.

You will go over the river and that bridge is Rolling on the River Bridge . Use to be an old Honky Tonk here.

Keep going to the next Bridge. This is Bridgewater

Turn left into the parking lot and the dirt road ramp is at the end on the left



This trip just floating. About 5-8 hour depending how much time you want to kill. And the generation



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If generating when you put in

The first mile can be rough

Make sure you tie your shit down in the boat

If generating when you get to the first island you can go rt

If no generation at the first island go left

1 mile down from the put in you’ll hit Muddy Creek coming in from the rt.

The river gets a lot wider and easer to float



If there is no generation while your floating

Bring water and sunscreen

There is some dead water down river that you will have to paddle to get through

Because it never fails the wind blows up river.



If the wind blows down river you can bet the farm there is a storm brewing up at the lake or the gorge



Enjoy and be Safe



There is a Greenway that goes from Judges Restaurant down river to Hwy 18 with a few spots you can wade with no generation. I've caught a bit of everything down there.

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 Post subject: Re: Catawba help
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:51 am 
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Thanks Stash,
Is there a population of smallies in there? Or all trout....


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 Post subject: Re: Catawba help
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:12 am 
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There are a few Smallmouth left. They didn't take off as they wanted when stocked. They shock 10lb Browns.So the Browns are in there. In great numbers I don't know. Walleye Stripers
Large mouth down low. Perch, Crappie.

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 Post subject: Re: Catawba help
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:20 pm 
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Thanks for the help. I was looking as it might be a few minutes closer than the So Ho. I fish with a friend from Asheville so for sure closer for him. I only wade fish so I guess not a lot of options. dave male


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 Post subject: Re: Catawba help
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:11 pm 
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Mstash wrote:
There are a few Smallmouth left. They didn't take off as they wanted when stocked. They shock 10lb Browns.So the Browns are in there. In great numbers I don't know. Walleye Stripers
Large mouth down low. Perch, Crappie.


When are we going? Did you get a new toon yet?


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 Post subject: Re: Catawba help
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:31 am 
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Haven't yet. Working 5 12's I don't have much time for anything anymore. Hope to change that soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Catawba help
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:39 pm 
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yeah, seems like I'm workin 7/24's most of the time.


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