Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. Little BWOs
2. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3. Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4. Light Cahills
5. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Yellow Sally)
7. Slate Drakes
8. Golden Stoneflies
9. Little Green Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of food:
10. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
11. Inch Worm (moth larva)
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The large streams exiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park all have a population of
smallmouth bass. In the same streams outside of the park you will find larger smallmouth
bass. Some of the streams have excellent populations of large smallmouth bass. One that's
for the most part completely overlooked is the Little Pigeon River. The Little Pigeon, as well
as the Pigeon River joining it in Sevierville, both have good populations of smallmouth bass.
It flows into the French Broad River below Douglas Lake which also has a good population of
smallmouth as well as the lake itself.
The above streams are just one example of some of the excellent smallmouth bass fishing in
the general vicinity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I can be fishing for smallmouth
within 5 minutes of the house and I do that frequently. I never go anywhere without a fly rod
in the vehicle because at least one stays in it at all times.
I sometimes fish while Angie shops for groceries. I've caught a fewl nice smallies, mostly
small but up to two pounds, behind Food World in Pigeon Forge. I've caught some very nice
ones across the highway from Walmart in Sevierville. It's almost shocking at the numbers of
large smallmouth bass within the city limits of Sevierville. I'm referring to smallmouth weighing
four and five pounds.
Due to the huge numbers of shopping malls, stores and traffic along the main drag from
Seviervile to the Spur the smallmouth fishing is completely overlooked by most anglers.
There's actually a few miles of stream you can fish and except for the noise, you would
probably not notice your were surrounded by thousands of tourist.
There are multiple miles of beautiful, secluded smallmouth bass water near the Smokies
that's just the opposite of what I just described on both the North Carolina and Tennessee
sides of the park. In my opinion, it's the excellent trout fishing within the park that
conceals the fact the surrounding areas have smallmouth bass fishing that's as
good as it gets anywhere in the nation. Most all of the emphasis has been placed on the
trout fishing. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. I personally do that exact same
thing. I'm just saying that doing so hides or conceals the fact that both eastern Tennessee
and western North Carolina have great smallmouth bass fishing.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh