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Did a little scouting trip with a good friend of mine (Jim) before my guide season starts in earnest. We had unseasonably warm weather over the past couple of weeks. I made the assumption that the smallmouth pre-spawn migration into the Little Pigeon River was going to be a little earlier than normal this year. It was a beautiful day to fish. Partly cloudy skies with light winds and a high in the low seventies. The Little Pigeon was a little high and stained. The water temperature was 55 degrees. Douglas Dam was generating at 18,000 cfs. The prespawn smallmouth migration is definitely underway. We caught twenty smallies and four largemouth in six hours of fishing. The biggest fish was 19 ¾” and weighed 3lb 13 oz. A picture of Jim with one of those hard fighting pre-spawn smallies is included in this report.