Knoxville will be HOT, but will the bite be?

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By John Champion

Wow, I cant believe its only a week out till the 2015 Knoxville RiverBassin Trail stop. So my normal routine would be finalizing my game plan, making sure my arrangements for travel were made, new line tied on etc etc. As much as I hate it, this year I wont be fishing this event because I will be running the event, which has left me with the ability to look at it from a different perspective. All the things that anglers will get to look at to finalize their plan and the factors that are going to affect those decisions.
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Weather, well there’s no arguing that this is affecting the fish, the angler and the water. Will the fish move farther up river to cooler water, go on the move in search of deep water, hang tight to grass along shoals? Will the Mountain streams be the way to go or will tailwater’s be more productive?

Smallmouth or Largemouth…… Which one will take the angler to the top this Saturday? I am having a hard time with this one given the heat wave that the southeast has seen lately. There are so many bodies of water that produce huge smallmouth and largemouth that its really gonna be a big bass battle all the way to the final moments.

lastyearWith river choices like the Holston, French Broad, Pigeon, Little Pigeon, Little River, Tennessee, Powell and Nolichucky just to name a few, anglers will have their hands full trying to pick which body of water will be the one to produce the best bag. Last year the winning bags came from multiple different waterways and I don’t doubt that this year will be the same. But conditions are much different this year than last making me wonder if this year we will see some rivers produce big bags that we didn’t see last year. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what the anglers can produce this weekend. Good luck to every one.intro photo