Townsend, Tennessee
June 17, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy, warm and muggy this morning.  It feels like summer.  Last night when I got home I finally saw some baby wild turkeys with their mom.  Usually that is a common sight but this year I have not had the pleasure.  I keep seeing hens but no poults.  I thought they would be larger by now.  The ones I saw were about the size of a small chicken, maybe 12" to 14" tall. They were about twenty feet away from me.  

Little River is getting warmer and lower.  The level this morning is a little lower than normal.  We do have a 60% chance for thunderstorms today.  Last night one blew to the north of us and there were tornado warnings.  The Knoxville Airport got a trace of rain and we had the same thing here.  But, the Johnson City Airport reported .80”.

Fishing is good in the Park.  Brian Courtney fished from 10:30 am to around 1:30 yesterday.  He caught about 30 trout.  He was using a combination of two Weenies, a green and a pink.  But even with his success during the day, fishing continues to be best in the evenings.

The water temperature this morning in town was 66 degrees.  It will rise throughout the day then fall at night.  In the Park the water is cooler but, it is going to warm up at some point forcing anglers to seek higher elevation streams.  So,  on those hot days like we’ll see this Friday you might want to plan on fishing higher up.  Elkmont would be good.  Or drive up 441 and fish the upper West Prong of the Little Pigeon.  You might do better.  Lynn Camp Prong used to be an option that was close to Townsend.  It is closed right now as there is a brook trout reintroduction project is in progress.  We won’t be able to fish that stream for a few years. 

The stretch between Metcalf Bottoms and Elkmont on the East Prong of the Little River will be cool enough but those fish get pounded by anglers and tubers this time of year.  They are spooky.  A lot of good fishermen get spanked in that section.  Little River above Elkmont seems to be more angler friendly. There are some tributaries up there like Fish Camp Prong which can be really good.

Have you ever played with Acme Mapper 2.0?  Don’t do it.  It is addictive.  I’m kidding.  Do it.  This is something related to Google Maps.  But there are many ways to view your area of interest.  My favorite view is “Terrain” which you can find the link to in the upper right corner of the map.  You can type in coordinates or the name of a town or lake and go right there.  Try typing in Elkmont Campground TN.  Then switch the view to “Terrain”.  See what I mean? 

I’ve been looking at maps of lakes around here.  Some of these small lakes do not have fishing maps available.  So this is the next best thing.  I have a 24” monitor so I can do a large screen shot of a lake and print it. 

Joe Hatton showed me this website and warned me it might become time consuming.  It has. 

But think about this.  I could cruise around these small lakes that have not been mapped, use a GPS and depth finder and basically map the lake.  With Adobe Photoshop  I can mark the depths at almost exactly the right position. We have a color printer that is capable of printing at 13” x 19”.  I could print out the maps and have them laminated and use them on the water when fishing.  All I need is another problem.  Now, I have a map problem.  I don’t think the 12-step process will work. I can see this getting out of hand.

I couldn’t sell these maps because of copyright issues but there is no reason I can’t do this for my own use.  Look in the upper left corner of the map.  There is a zoom control.  Also in the lower right hand corner of the page is a box with a lot of options.  You can click on options and get rid of them temporarily so that box will shrink down and get out of the way.

So, check out your area of interest and see what I’m talking about.  Have fun.

Thank you for being here with us and have a great day.

Byron Begley
June 17, 2009


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