Cumberland River

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Location:
Nashville, TN
United States United States
Coordinates:
36.19275, -86.78787
Description:

Fishing the Cumberland River is a wonderful experience for both anglers of trout and many other species of fish. The most popular fishing on the river is, by far, trout. There are two species of trout in the river: rainbow trout and brown trout.
There are three main methods of fishing the river: bait fishing, artificial lure fishing, and fly fishing. Bait fishing can be done using several different methods. One of the more popular methods is using whole kernel corn or salmon eggs on treble hooks with sufficient weight to keep the bait on the bottom. Another popular form of bait fishing is drifting the bait. Using a night crawler on a light hook, hooked through the band of the crawler and allowed to drift in the current. The best and most popular baits are night crawlers, corn, cheese, salmon eggs, and power bait.

Many trout are also pulled from the river using artificial lures. When using artificial lures simply cast the lure across the current and retrieve. Some of the most popular lures used are the white, red, and brown Roostertail, the jointed countdown or floating Rapalas, The Rebel Crawdad, Little Cleo Spoon, Crocodile Spoon, Mepps In-Line Spinner, and Blue Fox In-Line Spinner.

Fly fishing is another very popular method of fishing. There are three main types of flies to use on the river: surface or dry flies, nymph or wet flies, and streamer flies. If there is a hatch the surface fishing is great, catching the most fish with a replica of the insect most prevalent. One of the best hatches usually comes in July with the hatch of the Japanese beetle. Dry fly fishing is usually done with a upstream cast. Cast diagonally upstream to avoid letting your line drift over the fish and spooking it. To reach the difficult spots you may have to cast across stream or downstream. Always drop your fly well upstream of the fish and let it drift into the correct position. Remember the rises of the fish are misleading and do not indicate where the trout actually lie. Nymphing on the Cumberland river is similar to that of dry fly fishing. Nymph fishing or wet fly fishing is different from dry fly fishing in that the fly sinks. Cast your fly upstream at a diagonal and let it drift into position. Streamer fishing is a great method for the trophy fish. Streamer flies are generally bigger than dry or wet flies. The trophy fish feed mainly on bait fish. Streamers are most commonly tied to mimic shiners, dace, sculpins, chubs, darters, and even young trout. The drift is a good basic method for using streamers but because you are trying to mimic a smaller fish darting across the current using a jerking action with the fly is often more effective. Remember to vary the speed and the direction of your retrieval. Some of the most popular streamers are the Mylar Minnow, White Woolybugger, Deceiver, Muddler Minnow, Rainbow Trout and the Dark Spruce.

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Fish

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Bass, Hybrid Striped (Morone saxatilis x Morone chrysops)

Freshwater
309
Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Smallmouth-240-fw

Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)

Freshwater
Spottedbass-240-fw

Bass, Spotted (Micropterus punctulatus)

Freshwater
263
Stripedbass-240-fwsw

Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)

848
Bluegill-240-fwsw

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
Bluecatfish-240-fw

Catfish, Blue (Ictalurus furcatus)

Freshwater
322
Flatheadcatfish-240-fw

Catfish, Flathead (Pylodictis olivaris)

Freshwater
635
Garlongnose-240-fwsw

Gar, Longnose (Lepisosteus osseus)

67
Garspotted-240-fwsw

Gar, Spotted (Lepisosteus oculatus)

22
Muskellungespotted-240-fw

Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy)

Freshwater
358
Walleye-240-fw

Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum)

Freshwater

Guides

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Ed Martin's Striper & Hybrid Guide Service

Ed Martin is a Pro Staff Member for Triton Boats, Motorguide Trolling Motors, Humminbird Fishfinders/GPS and Clark Marine Sales.His fishing has revolved around Percy Priest Lake for over 35 years. W...
Nashville, TN, United States United States
Cmplogo_22831

Rod and Gun Guide Service

Light tackle fishing guide since 1984. Fly fishing is my specialty but any light tackle welcome. I fish for trout in the tailwaters of middle and east Tennessee. Come fish for trophy largemouth, sma...
Nashville, TN, United States United States

Tennessee Trophy Striper Fishing

I'm a fishing guide that specializes in catching trophy size stripers in Middle Tennessee. I fish the Cumberland river, Cordell Hull Lake, Caney Fork River and Old Hickory Lake, where the Tennessee...
Carthage, TN, United States United States

Warrens Guide Service

Welcome to the home of Trophycatfishing This site is sponsored by Warren Byrd who is a professional guide on the Cumberland River. I have a passion for catching Trophy Sized catfish. Once you han...
Indian Mound, TN, United States United States

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