Meteorological summer starts on June 1 and the strong smallmouth bite continues on the Little Pigeon. Last year at this time the water temperatures were in the low 80’s, we were in a drought and the smallmouth fishing on the section of the Little Pigeon I like to fish was nonexistent. This year was a totally different story. Ample spring rainfall and near normal daytime and nightime temperatures I believe has slowed the migration of the French Broad smallies from the Little Pigeon. The evidence I sight is the great day that Greg had this last day in May on the Little Pigeon. Greg has fished with me several times this spring and put on another smallmouth catching clinic on the Little Pigeon. The fishing was steady throughout the six hour trip. There was never really a lull in the action as he managed to land thirty-one smallies, one largemouth, and a bonus walleye. Of all the guide trips I have taken this spring the average size of the smallies on this day was probably the biggest. Greg caught four fish over nineteen inches, several over eighteen, with all of the remaining fish except two that were about fourteen inches in the sixteen to seventeen inch range. It was another great day on the river with Greg and I look forward to our next trip.

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