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Had a great day on the water with Brad and his son Andrew. They had made a trip down from Michigan for spring break. Both Brad and Andrew are avid anglers and were excited to fish for some East Tennessee river smallies. The Little Pigeon River had receded to fishable levels after last weeks rainfall that had left the river running a little high and stained over the past few days. TVA continued  to generate at an average of 19,000 cfs so the majority of their fishing trip was spent on the Little Pigeon. The pre-spawn migration continues with the water temperature on this day easing up to 63 degrees. It was another beautiful day with a high of 80 degrees and light winds. We have had stable weather for the past few days which also helps to enhance the bite. River smallies as well other species of game fish tend to feed more when when you have consecutive days of consistent weather and water conditions.The fish were scattered today, but Brad and Andrew fished very slowly and methodically and were rewarded with 19 smallies by the end of their trip. Seven of those fish were between 17 and 18 ¾”. Brad tagged the biggest fish of the day that measured 18 ¾” and weighed 3 lb. 2 oz. A picture of Brad proudly holding that nice smallmouth is included in this report. Brad and Andrew are the kind of anglers who really enjoy catching fish. It’s a lot of fun as a guide to see how excited they get when they experience how hard these Little Pigeon River smallies fight in that current. They were a couple of great guys and I look forward to us getting together in the future for another river smallie adventure.

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