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Old 10-15-08, 08:04 AM   #1
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Default This weekend on Chattooga

I will be camping this weekend on the West Fork Chattooga River. Anyone fished the West Fork or north/south of hwy 28 lately? Where could I fish this late in the season in the area and actually have a chance at some success? All guidance will be much appreciated.
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Old 10-16-08, 10:08 AM   #2
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I'll be up there, too. I was up there in July and caught a few small browns but expect the fishing should be getting much better by now.
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Old 10-16-08, 01:23 PM   #3
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We still have not received much rain in these parts, and the past few weeks have been exceptionally dry. I have not been up that way lately, but my guess is the Chatooga and other natural rivers are flowing very shallow and warm. Seek out cool, deep pools would probably be the best strategy.
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Old 10-17-08, 07:49 AM   #4
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I'll be up there, too. I was up there in July and caught a few small browns but expect the fishing should be getting much better by now.
Why do you expect the fishing to be better now?
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Old 10-17-08, 08:01 AM   #5
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A friend of mine will be up there this weekend as well - redheaded male mid fifties with his son. Name is John - speak to him if you run across him - he needs all the help he can get!
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Old 10-17-08, 09:46 AM   #6
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The USGS Gauge at Clayton shows it running mighty low and slow....below one foot in height and running at 112 CFS if I read this right. (The 68-year low on this date was 105 CFS back in 1955.)

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=02177000

The gauge is apparently located where Hwy 76 crosses the 'Tooga at the entrance to the Sumter National Forest.
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Old 10-17-08, 02:56 PM   #7
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According to this link, SC stocked the East Fork and what I believe to be the North Fork which they refer to as "Chattooga" which is the boundary between SC and GA, but I don't know exactly where on the river.


http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/stocking/results.html

There are some deep spot on the West Fork (which is totally GA water) if you look carefully.
Tight lines!
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Old 10-17-08, 06:47 PM   #8
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The two areas they stocked are the East Fork Chattooga (tributary that runs past the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery) and the section at the Burrells Ford Campground/Bridge. They really do not put that many fish in at this time.
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Old 10-17-08, 09:54 PM   #9
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I fished 28 bridge 3 weeks ago and caught 3 trout, in deep pools. I fished it again today and didn't get a bite all day. I would go burrells ford and up. WB in deep pools.
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Old 10-19-08, 03:05 PM   #10
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Not much going on on the West Fork. I saw one fish that was 6" long and the rest were a couple years away from being catchable. The weather was at least nice....from Saturday thru today.
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