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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:22 am, the temperature is 3.7 degrees.
Today will be sunny with a high temperature of 25 degrees. Tonight’s low will be in the single digits again. Warmer temperatures are on the way. Tomorrow will bring highs in the 40’s. Tuesday will be warmer again, in the high 40’s. Then, Wednesday through the weekend, we will see highs in the high 50’s through the mid 60’s with lows in the high 40’s to low 50’s. Rain is predicted Wednesday.
Snowfall amounts reported yesterday were 2.7 inches at the Knoxville Airport, while we had 4.5” in Townsend. I spent yesterday at home, remodeling my office. A neighbor stopped by and told me the roads were clear.
The Little River USGS flow gauge at Townsend is not operating. The temperature gauge is working. The water temperature is currently at or below freezing. The temperature probe stops reporting at 32 degrees.
Fishing will be very slow today. If you go fishing, don’t fall in. Don’t go!
Little River Road, Laurel Creek Road and the Cades Cove Loop Road are closed due to snow and ice. Many other roads in the Park are closed, including Highway 441/Newfound Gap Road. You can refer to the Great Smoky Mountains Road Twitter page by CLICKING HERE. It will be updated when roads are re-opened.
I fed the birds as best I could yesterday morning, and two more times during the day. We have never seen so many birds, as we did yesterday. I usually throw out about a gallon of corn and millet, on the ground, in addition to filling the feeders with sunflower hearts. Because of the snow, I only threw seed on the ground where I had stepped, to keep it from disappearing.
There are many species of birds, that prefer to feed on the ground. Doves are a great example of that, but also blue jays, cardinals, crows, juncos, and of course, wild turkeys are ground feeders. 36 wild turkeys showed up early in the afternoon and stayed for hours. They dug in the snow, looking for seed that was covered. By the time they left, the pure white forest floor behind our house was completely brown, littered with rotting leaves. What a mess that is.
I enjoy watching the turkeys, but they are more of a nuisance, mainly because they eat every seed on the ground, that I throw out for the other birds. I rake narrow trails through the forest to feed the birds, then move the trails every few days for sanitary reasons. After the turkeys leave, I go out and feed the other birds again, sometimes three times per day.
I purchase seed in bulk, 50 pound bags. The seed is not mixed. What I use most of is white proso millet and corn. I put sunflower hearts in the feeders and throw some black oil sunflower seeds on the ground, along with the millet and corn. White millet is had to find. I buy it in Knoxville, usually 100 pounds at a time.
I don’t feed the birds during the warm months, because it attracts bears. I move the feeders to the back of my truck at night, so bears don’t destroy them even during the winter. This time of year we don’t see bears during the day, but occasionally, one will roam through after dark. A bear destroyed one of our feeders in November.
It’s worth the trouble and expense. We enjoy looking outside at the birds. The birds enjoy the food.
Fishing may be pretty good later in the week. Until then, we will enjoy the white mountains.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
January 8, 2017
Respond to: Byron@littleriveroutfitters.com