Hello, Family Circus. My reply is a bit late, but some general observations about the West Branch. After this weekend rain, it's up and muddy. If you're planning on fishing next weekend (Sept. 4-5) it should be down and clearer. And therefore more fishable. As my post about waxworms reported, it's hard to beat this bait. As with fishing almost anywhere, use small hooks, light line, and a sensitive Thill-type "stick bobber" in an eddy or backwater area.
Sometimes, the only eddy (current break) is behind a rock, downed tree, or bridge piling, making it quite a small area! But current breaks are the key to this and any other river.
If you want to cast, my best success comes from a pink or red 1/32oz jighead with a white Berkley Gulp or Power Bait trailer. Better yet, a waxworm. If the water is shallow (which it is over 95% of the river), suspend it under a small round bobber. For that matter, if you're letting your offering drift with a decent to fast current, a round bobber will keep it up. There are Thill river floats out there, but I haven't tried them.
I try to always have a carp rod in a holder with corn on the bottom, out of the way while I fill in the time going after members of the sunfish family. "Chum" is not a synonym for "friend" in this situation! A few small handfuls of corn can do wonders to attract bugle mouth bass!!
Keep smilin' LT
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