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I had a great time guiding Marty and his seven year old son Jude today. They are from northern Ohio and made a special trip to East Tennessee for a couple of days to fish for river smallies. Douglas Dam was generating about 12,000 cfs so we spent most of the trip fishing on the Little Pigeon River. The pre-spawn migration of the French Broad smallies into the Little Pigeon is now under way. The Little Pigeon was slightly stained today and the water temperature was fifty-five degrees. The fish were scattered but this father son team managed to catch eleven smallies. On two occasions they had doubles which is always fun to watch. A picture of one of those doubles is included in this report. The fish were a variety of sizes with the largest smallie coming in at 18 ½”. I am really looking forward to my guide trips over the next several weeks. April and May are the peak months for this unique spawning run that always includes a legitimate shot of an angler to catch a twenty plus inch fish in this trophy smallmouth fishery.

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