Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is bright and sunny this morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  There is plenty of activity.  Everyone is setting up at the Visitors Center for the Spring Festival.  We are hoping, as usual that it won’t rain during the festival. 

Fishing is good, especially in the evenings.  Ethan went fishing after work last night and caught a bunch of trout on Yellow Sally Stonefly patterns.  He told me how many he caught but I can’t remember the number.  All I can say is the number was impressive.  Anglers and guides are also saying the fishing has been slow during the day.  I can vouch for that.  Frank and I fished almost all day yesterday, casting 7 weight rods on the lake and caught almost nothing.  We finally found some smallmouth bass in about 6 feet of water. It was one of those slow days.  

If you are fishing in the Smokies try to be on the stream late this afternoon until dark.  Use some Yellow Sally patterns in size #16.  You should do well.

The water is high.  Little River is flowing at 420 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal flow for this date is 224 cfs.  It is not too high for good fishing, it’s just high.   

Steve Moore, Fisheries Biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just called me to talk about the Memorandum Of Understanding that we are renewing with the Tennessee Council of Trout Unlimited, North Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited and the Park.  We hoped to get it signed at Troutfest.  Evidently the North Carolina Council Chairman won’t be here. So we’ll have to do it some other time.

Steve and I talked about Lynn Camp Prong.  We are both excited about getting in the river this year and sampling the new brook trout population.  The 8 mile section was stocked with brook trout last fall after treatments removed all fish from the stream.  The brookies that were stocked, about 1,200 of them should have spawned soon after that.  When we electroshock any area of the Prong, any small trout will be offspring from that original stocking except for some brook trout that already lived in the tributaries.  Steve said they stocked some dace in the lower section, since they were historical inhabitants of Lynn Camp Prong.

We may be getting some heavy rain on Sunday on top of some fairly high water right now.  I’m hoping we don’t.  The young hatched rainbow trout could get wiped out if we have some flooding.  A flood this time of year could remove a complete age class of rainbows.  These fish just hatched recently and some may still be in the gravel.  The brown and brook trout should be fine. It appears now, the heaviest rain will be to our West and North, in Kentucky.

Yesterday Frank and I found some early bluegill or shellcracker spawning beds.  We were not sure which.  They were not large but they were clearly defined.  I know some people are hoping for some good bluegill fishing this week.  It may be early around here in the lakes.  Maybe it is happening in the ponds.

I know I’m ready.  My warmwater boat box has hundreds of bluegill poppers and other flies just waiting to go.  I’m waiting to go too. People ask me all the time which boat box or bag I prefer.  “Do you like Fishpond, Orvis or another brand?”, they ask me.  It’s funny, my boat box is a cheap “knock off” of a Tupperwear container.  It is about 10” wide by 12” long and about 14” tall.  Stacked in it are plastic boxes that we receive from our tying thread supplier.  Everything else is in several zip lock bags.  The lid has two latches so it won’t blow off.  I bought it at Target.  I do have a Simms Boat Bag and an Orvis Boat Bag.  They are great, I love them, but my Tupperwear “Knock Off” suits me better in my boat.  I probably shouldn’t be telling you this.   

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
April 30, 2010 

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