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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 4:49 am, the temperature is 56.1 degrees.
We have a chance for showers early today. It will be cloudy this morning and gradually clearing this afternoon with a high temperature near 60 degrees. Winds will be out of the south at 5 to 15 miles per hour, gusting as high as 25 mph. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20’s tonight.
Little River is flowing at 507 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.74 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 94 cfs. The water temperature is 53.1 degrees this morning and rising.
Little Pigeon River is still flowing high but it is receding. Flow is currently 781 cfs or 2.54 feet at the Sevierville gauge. Median flow for this date is 173 cfs.
Oconaluftee River is receding and flowing at 867 cfs, 2.39 feet, which compared to median flow of 224 cfs. The water temperature is 52.2 degrees.
Tellico River is flowing at 374 cfs, 1.85 feet, compared to median flow of 97 cfs for this date.
Cataloochee Creek is flowing at 181 cfs, 2.91 feet, compared to median flow of 45 cfs. The water temperature is 51.1 degrees and warming.
Streams in the Smokies are flowing on the high side. You should be able to find fishable water though care should be taken when wading. Water temperatures are good in the low to mid elevations. Weighted nymph rigs will probably work best for you. Stand in safe water and high stick your nymph rigs.
Lowland rivers are flowing much higher than normal. Wading will be limited. Nymphs or streamers will work for trout where they are stocked and smallmouth bass.
TVA and the Corps of Engineers plan to generate at most dams today, hampering wade fishing on many of the area tailwaters. Boat fishing is possible on some rivers. Check the TVA website from the links below to see what your tailwater options are today.
This will not be an ideal lake fishing day due to the predicted winds. It will be cloudy early, which is beneficial. Streamers and swimming nymphs will probably work best.
We can expect cool days and cold nights through mid-week. Then, warmer air will move into East Tennessee, lasting through next weekend and beyond. We have only a slight chance for rain during the period.
Temperatures will be about normal early this week, then warmer than normal through the weekend. I don’t see a chance for snow in the long term forecast. I remember one Halloween weekend we had a heavy snow. Paula and I were backpacking in the Smokies. I will never forget that wonderful backpacking trip.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
Byron Begley
November 1, 2020
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