Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Sorry this is late, the power went off for about an hour. It is going to be another hot day with a slight chance for rain.  Townsend seems active.  June is here, I bet some schools are out and people in our region can take an inexpensive vacation in Townsend, so they will.  It is time for us to see young families.  We are already seeing young kids in the store with their parents. 

Little River is getting very low.  Flow this morning is 87 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 186 cfs.  The water temperature in town is 71 degrees.  The Farmers’ Almanac predicts big thunderstorms will sweep across the Southeast on June 4th through the 7th.  Right now the weather websites don’t agree. We’ll see who is right.

Fishing is still pretty good in the Park.  The low water is making fishing a little tougher but the water temperature, especially in the higher elevations streams is fine for now.  Yellow flies, depicting Sulphurs and Yellow Sally Stoneflies would be my choice.  Mornings and evenings will be best until we get some relief from this heat and some higher water. 

I talked to Jack yesterday.  The smallmouth bass in Tellico Lake are hammering cicadas.  It’s happening elsewhere too, just not here in the Smokies.  Not yet.  I have not heard the first buzz at our house.

If you get a generation break on the Clinch, it is fishing well.  I’ve heard that from several people lately.  They have been generating a lot of water through the turbines though. 

I have been researching this budget negotiations between U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Corps of Engineers and TVA as to who will pay for the fish hatchery costs.  There is a lot of information out there, some accurate and some that is not so accurate. 

Morgan Simmons wrote a story that is published on the KnoxNews website and you can read it by CLICKING HERE.  His numbers are accurate and collaborated by other sources I’ve found.  Everything he wrote agrees with what I have found.  Unfortunately, some people don’t understand the full extent of the problem. You can tell by reading the comments below the article.

I think the $6.3 million supports 6 hatcheries, four of which don’t affect Tennessee mitigation stocking.  If you visit the Dale Hollow Hatchery HERE you will see their annual budget for 2010 was under $1 million, $932,411. And, that hatchery raised 1.3 million trout.  If you look at the fact sheet on this website you will find at the bottom, “it costs approximately $2.67 to raise one pound of trout in Fiscal Year 2010.”  One reader on the KnoxNews website calculated the cost to run 6 hatcheries and the 1.3 million trout raised in one hatchery to come up with a higher cost per trout.  Also, some of those trout are sent to other hatcheries to be grown to a larger size.  And, included in the numbers are some deferred maintenance needs in the future. 

People are confused.  So am I.  Morgan reported the facts correctly as far as I can tell.  He is a reporter who digs out the facts and does it well. 

I told a television reporter I would look into this and let him include me in a story this weekend.  But I’m thinking about calling him to cancel.  Whatever is said in a 30 second or 1 minute story will not make anyone aware of the facts.  This is way to complicated for that.  And, three agencies are negotiation right now.  Actually there are probably 4 agencies if you include TWRA.  It seems to me, “the less said the better” right now.  By the way, two agencies have not returned my call.  I bet they agree with what I just said.

Trout fishing is big money.  I think these agencies will work this out.

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

Byron Begley
June 1, 2011 

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