Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 4:24 am, the temperature is 68.7 degrees.
Today will be mostly cloudy with a high temperature in the low 80’s. We have a chance for showers today and possibly a thunderstorm this afternoon. Tomorrow will be partly sunny with a high in the low 80’s and a chance for showers, then a chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon. There is a chance for rain every day this week and through the weekend.
Little River is flowing at 228 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.08 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 94 cfs. The river is receding and is at a good fishing level. The water temperature is 67.3 degrees this morning.
Little Pigeon River is flowing at 744 cubic feet per second, 2.46 feet, compared to median flow of 171 cfs. The river is rising.
Oconaluftee River just peaked at 500 cfs or 1.95 feet at the Birdtown gauge. Median flow for this date is 234 cfs.
Tellico River is flowing at 253 cfs, 1.42 feet, compared to median flow of 92 cfs. The river is receding.
Cataloochee Creek is flowing at 79.3 cfs, 2.51 feet, which compares to median flow of 49 cfs for this date.
Davidson River is flowing at 431 cubic feet per second or 2.16 feet at the Brevard gauge. Median flow for this date is 58 cfs.
Well, we finally got some of the predicted rain yesterday and overnight, and there was no flooding in the Park streams. Streams in the Smokies are at good fishing levels or will be soon. With some rain in the forecast this week, fishing conditions should be good, baring heavy rain, which is not predicted yet.
Trout are taking dry flies and nymphs.
Lowland rivers are flowing higher. There is a chance some may be stained, especially further downstream. Fishing for smallmouth bass, rock bass and panfish will be good today. Use streamers, nymphs, crayfish patterns, poppers or foam floating flies.
Due to overcast skies, this will be a good lake fishing day. Weighted streamers or swimming nymphs will probably work best for you. You might also try poppers or foam floating flies.
There are many tailwater fishing options today. You will need to go early to fish below some dams. Check the TVA website to see what your options are and plan accordingly.
Fishing in the Smokies has improved due to higher water levels. We have been waiting for this. Hopefully, continued rain will sustain good water levels for a while. Cooler days and nights are in our immediate future. It’s time to get excited about Fall fishing.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
Byron Begley
September 6, 2022
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