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Old 10-10-18, 10:23 PM   #11
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It became a trophy lake officially a couple years ago but had been a pig producer for years before that. It is something of a curiosity for NC Wildlife to manage almost as a working laboratory.
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Old 10-10-18, 11:11 PM   #12
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Elevation and a cold *** release from the dam upstream. Also, it's in BFE, and, as mentioned, has a godawful ramp; it receives minimal fishing pressure.
Burton is about 1,866 ft at full pool, Apalachia is about 1,273. Must be the cold release and rural location?
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Old 10-10-18, 11:13 PM   #13
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Hiwassee Lake upstream of this one has a 300 foot high dam so cold water releases would make sense.
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Old 10-10-18, 11:15 PM   #14
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It became a trophy lake officially a couple years ago but had been a pig producer for years before that. It is something of a curiosity for NC Wildlife to manage almost as a working laboratory.
The regs I posted are proposed for next year so not sure what the regs are now but sounds like it gets light pressure regardless.

There are some big lake trout in several other NC lakes, unlike GA which just as Burton as a major trout lake.

As said its just a pain to fly fish for them.
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Old 10-17-18, 09:14 PM   #15
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Burton is about 1,866 ft at full pool, Apalachia is about 1,273. Must be the cold release and rural location?
The elevation of the source matters more than the elevation of the lake for mountain impoundments. The Hiwassee and its feeders come off massive hills in the core of the escarpment. It comes down from 5000'+. Apalachia just sits at the bottom of what used to be a massive gorge. Although, come to think of it, the source of the Tallulah is probably 4500'+, too. Upstream bottom release is magic stuff.

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Old 10-19-18, 10:02 AM   #16
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Found this online about the fishery... interesting read...

https://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0...-the-Pound.pdf
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Old 10-19-18, 02:31 PM   #17
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The elevation of the source matters more than the elevation of the lake for mountain impoundments. The Hiwassee and its feeders come off massive hills in the core of the escarpment. It comes down from 5000'+. Apalachia just sits at the bottom of what used to be a massive gorge. Although, come to think of it, the source of the Tallulah is probably 4500'+, too. Upstream bottom release is magic stuff.
Standing Indian is actually 5,499ft. The Tallulah is a rare river for Georgia as I do not believe any other river has a headwater origin as high as the Tallulah's is in elevation. It looks like based upon the topo maps and Google earth that it starts just above 5,000ft.
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Standing Indian is that high, but I think the source itself is like at 4900'. Regardless, way up there.
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Standing Indian is that high, but I think the source itself is like at 4900'. Regardless, way up there.
I spent way too much time on google earth and other mapping services. One of the feeders that flows in I may give you a shout about. You fished much of that basin?
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Not as much as I should. Some interesting geology in that area, but it is a haul from Asheville. It's hard to pass up hitting stuff I already have thoroughly scouted up that I know is productive to make that kinda run on spec. But the geology is interesting.
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