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Old 05-30-2016, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody fishing the river for smallies this time of year. Having difficulties catching them. I have been fishing the state park with no success. Anybody want to offer some help. I see most hitting the river late summer early fall.
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are there need to cover a lot of water. I fly fish them with streamers and nymph. These are from last week. I only fish it at less than 5000 CFS.
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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#2 Mepps, Rebel crawdad, #9 floating Rapala. Fish in the current.
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Ok thanks ill try it out
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The kiddos went with grandma on Sunday so the wife and I went wading. The water level and current were probably on the upper end of what most consider ideal. We more less just skirted the edges in some of the more forgiving sections of river. My plan was to throw noisy topwaters,but the misses insisted on throwing a jig n twister. I did land one on the prop bait although she got two off the jig n twister in orange. We covered over a half mile stretch over almost 3 hours for 3 fish. The smallies are feeding but really scattered. My fish on the prop bait came after throwing to some bait fish that surfaced in a shallow pool. If the water continues to warm up and drop they'll be in more predictable locations by next weekend.
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Had to cover a lot of water today go this guy which hammered the streame on the swing. Great fight in the heavy current he was in. Yes they seem to be very scattered. Did not try top water yet. Where are all the juvnile bass? Not caught one n a while.
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Old 06-11-2016, 09:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have been reading that case hellgrammites dont work that well anymore.
Is this true. From my reading many people depleted the hellgrammite population and smallmouth dont recognize them anymore is this true? I can't imagine all the hellgrammites being gone
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The reason i ask is thats all i used to catch them on. Case hellgrammites. Now i go to the state park every now and them and i end up not catching anything with them
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Well I did see one under one of the two rocks I turned over last week. So I believe they are still a primary food source.
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Hellgramites and crayfish imitation baits are better in very low water conditions come late summer. As hipster alluded to earlier in the post right now is search bait season. I waded Friday Saturday and sunday. Fish were fussy but I managed a couple every outing. I threw in line spinners and a jointed rapala. I also managed a couple off top waters around dusk. Most were ho hum smallies. The highlight of the weekend was a 25 inch walleye. The biggest smallie might have went 16. Remember think search baits. I opted fishing lures with treble hooks after having a lot of short strikes and missed swipes off a jig n twister earlier in the week.
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