Caney Fork – Center Hill Dam

Caney Fork River

Center Hill Dam [GENERATION SCHEDULE]

Stocking Season: March through January

Special Trout Regulations for Region III (Center Hill Dam to Cumberland River, including tributaries)

Caney Fork: Center Hill Dam to Cumberland River, including tributaries.
●Total daily creel of all trout (rainbow, brown, and brook) in combination is 5 trout.
●Rainbow Trout: 5 per day, 14-to 20-inch protected length range, only one fish over 20 inches may be harvested.
●Brook Trout: 5 per day, 14-to 20-inch
protected length range, only one fish over 20 inches may be harvested.
●Brown Trout: 1 per day, 24-inch minimum length limit.

Notes:

The Caney consists of a mostly gravel bottom with a few rock shelves.
This make for easier nymph fishing which is the predominate type of
fishing on the Caney.  The Caney does not get many hatches to speak of,
but swinging soft hackles or throwing big streamers can be productive at
certain times of the year.

Suggested Gear

  • 8 or 9 foot 4, 5 or 6 wt. fly rod
  • 5x to 7x leaders and tippet
  • Use Midges, Dries and Streamers. Food base is primarily midge based, occasional caddis and mayflies, or streamers for larger fish

Additional information:

  • You can wade (depending on generation schedule) or boat
  • There is public and private access
  • Public River Access
    • Buffalo Valley Recreation Area (boat ramp at Center Hill Dam and gravel bar)
    • Long Branch Recreation Area (boat ramp at Center Hill Dam)
    • Pull-offs along 141
    • Happy Hollow (boat ramp and gravel bar)
    • Betty’s Island (boat ramp and gravel bar)
    • Pull off along Kirby Road at I-40
    • Stonewall Bridge (boat ramp at Gordonsville)
    • South Carthage Ramp (Bob Lowery Sr. boat ramp)