Originally Posted by moosh08
I used to fish K3 a lot. 5-6 years ago I would show up at the river nice and early ( 10 a.m.) and fish for 6-7 hours wading with the fly rod for smallies and even though it was middle of the day I would still get 10-15 fish. A few years ago the fishing really took a dive and last year I only drove out 2 times because the fishing was so poor. This year I just made my first trip back today. What a pleasant surprise. I started fishing about 9:30 and got out of the water about 6:30. I took the spinning rod thinking if the fishing was tough at least i could cover some water. Got 43 smallies and lost about another 25. It was a mixed bag with 8" era up to about 3 1/2 pds. I've seen a lot of posters with concerns about low water and heat effects on the fish but it seems the fish are thriving. There are heavy weeds in the river and they seem to be giving great cover to the young fish and increasing the ambush possibilities for the older fish. All of the fish were very healthy looking and seem to be doing a great job of getting ready for winter. Most had fat bellies on them. I don't know how many guys wade for smallies but it was one of those days today that when I was reading the water and looking for potential spots there would be a fish in almost every one of them. An abslolutely magical day. What a welcome back the river gave me.
Welcome back to the river
Great report. I wade the river often... I had a day similar to the one you mentioned back in May.. ironically I was shore-fishing in the rain, and landed somewhere around 25 smallies in about 30 minutes..
There are still some days that are very productive. I think it just all depends on how much ground you cover, and getting as many casts in as possible... with the lower water, wading is a must. I know the heat has been brutal, but I also remember years where the flooding was so bad.. that many seemed to think the excess high water was ruining the retention and spawning habitat. Maybe a few swing years where the levels are normal will get a positive trend going. Who knows, but welcome back... Smallies put up a great acrobatic fight (or should I say flight lol). 3 1/2 lb smallies put up an ever better fight.