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#1226283 - 03/09/09 07:11 PM New regs for Little River smallies
10 Point

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 3543
Loc: Knoxville

I was looking in the new fishing regs and saw that the Little River from the Rockford Dam upstream to the Smoky Mountain line have a 13-17" protected slot. 5 bass can be kept with only 1 smallmouth over 17". I have been fishing that river for 16 years, and loved seeing the new regs. My 2 biggest river smallies have come out of that river, but an 18"+ fish was very rare in those waters...maybe this will change that a bit. Now only time will tell if TWRA actually puts guys on the river to enforce the new rules.
So many smallmouth, so little time.

#1226289 - 03/09/09 07:14 PM Re: New regs for Little River smallies [Re: Kimberman]
12 Point

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 6349
Loc: Nashville, TN

Man, I hope you're right. I was up ther for a conference last spring and accidentally caught it when they were spawning. The buffalo carp were going nutz everywhere flopping around. Anyway, I had some excellent luck with the smallies, and I had never fished it before. What a blast that stream is.
It is not the killing ...; it is the contest of skill and cunning. The true hunter counts his achievement in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport.

Dr. Saxton Pope

#1232458 - 03/12/09 02:04 PM Re: New regs for Little River smallies [Re: gil1]
4 Point

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 363
Loc: east

I hope so. I haven't seen any quality smallies in the river myself. In the whole stretch of the river I've never caught one bigger than my hand.....
#1232761 - 03/12/09 04:30 PM Re: New regs for Little River smallies [Re: cbcs1987]
8 Point

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 1656
Loc: Maryville, TN

That is great, I have caught a several in the 2-3 pound range, maybe I catch them more often now.
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