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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:12 am, the temperature outside is a very warm 51.8 degrees.
Rain is coming. It may begin today and tonight. It is good bet it will rain tomorrow and tomorrow night. Rain chances are good Friday and maybe Saturday. It is going to be warm too. Expect normal to above normal temperatures, day and night, lasting until March 20th. There will be some cool days thrown into the mix.
Here is a statement from the National Weather Service, pertaining to the second week in March:
“The Week Two Outlook for days 8 to 14 shows high probabilities for warmer temperatures...and above normal precipitation.”
That sounds like Spring, doesn’t it? Bring it on!
Little River is flowing at 218 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.04 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 400 cfs. The water temperature is 46.8 degrees this morning and it is trending up. That is good.
Fishing is getting better and that should continue. The Park fishing conditions are improving again. Fishing for trout on the tailwaters is good. The rain will help. The warm air is a huge contributing factor.
I worked all day yesterday. Paula and I put our bicycles on the rack and drove to the shop late in the afternoon. We rode around town, and along Little River. The water is a little low but not bad. We finished our ride and were back at the shop which was closing. Pat was there. He came over to talk to us. Paul came out of the shop. He told us we had a busy day. Later, Dave came out and said the same thing. The shop was busy Saturday too.
The season has begun. Fish are active and fishermen are too.
It is March, an unpredictable month. Fishermen will experience ups and downs, with water temperature and fishing success. Weather forecasts change quickly and often. So, don’t be surprised if it does. I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “Spring is here” in March, only to see snow on the ground a few days later. The future looks good today. I hope this is a good sign of things to come. We will see.
Fishermen travel to the Smokies from the north in March, to experience their first taste of Spring fishing. We always hope they are not disappointed. We hope the water temperatures are good. We hope the rain is not so heavy, it blows the streams out. Both are certainly possible.
Fishermen to our South are seeing their lakes, ponds and streams warm. I am looking at the weather forecast for Montgomery, Alabama right now. It is going to be warm and wet there this week. It is going to be very warm in Thomasville, Georgia. Eighty degrees on Friday? Highs will hit the 80’s in Orlando this week. Fort Payne, Alabama’s forecast looks about like ours.
I see a spike coming to our mail order business from the South this week. That always happens in March, when we have weather like this.
Based on my experience, the best two fishing months in the Smokies are April and May. If I had to pick from those, May would emerge as the winner. June is usually very good too. So, we have those months to look forward to.
We had a mild Winter. In fact, we had good fly fishing in the Park, at times during both months. Good fly fishing in January and February is very rare. It happened this year. It seems to be happening more often lately. Water temperature dictates good fishing conditions. The water warmed and the fishing was good or better than good, especially last month.
The turkeys are gobbling. I heard them yesterday. I saw one tom fan out Saturday. He was bullying two other gobblers right outside my office window. Robins are here in big numbers. The doves have paired. Flowers and trees are blooming. Mallard duck pairs are acting more like they do in the Spring. We drove our bikes by a flock of Canada Geese yesterday. They just looked at us. Nothing unusual there.
We have not seen one bear at our house this year. That is normal. We will be seeing them soon.
It is daybreak, barely. The sky is overcast. It is a little breezy.
I’m going to tie Knuckleheads and design marketing e-mails today. I will be looking outside, dreaming of Spring fishing.
If I can avoid the talking heads on the national news, this will be a wonderful day.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
March 6, 2017
Respond to: Byron@littleriveroutfitters.com