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#16 bassmaster3000

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Posted September 12 2008 - 10:46 PM

PLEASE answer my poll when you read this!!! ;D
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#17 huskybass

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Posted September 13 2008 - 10:18 AM

I'm not sure that I understand your poll.  Are you asking us what our largest SMB is or what we think you will catch when you make the trip?  
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Posted September 13 2008 - 06:21 PM

Not only that, but anyone who tells you they caught 40 smallmouth and they were all over 4 pounds is probably related to pinnochio.

I watched the videos on Youtube. There are many nice smallmouth in them, but some are 1 to 3 pounds in addition to a few larger ones. If you go, I would expect to catch smallmouth of all sizes, not just hawgs.


I must be a relative of Pinnochio. My brother in law and myself caught over 60 smallies each about three years ago on Erie. 40 or more each bested 4lbs with many over 5 and a couple 6s . It wasn't in a tourney just an entire sun up to sundown fishing trip.


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Posted September 13 2008 - 06:24 PM

Dworshak is great smallie fishing. I would use hula grubs and tubes fished fairly deep over any rocky structure.

As for 40 fish with all of them over 4 pounds, that might be possible only on Lake Erie or MAYBE Lake St. Clair. I've had days on Colorado's Yampa River where I caught 40 or more smallies that were 2 - 4.5 pounds though, and the Yampa is one of the west's best.


Champlain as well, you can find cookie cutters that all go in the low fours. If you find one that size up there, there are usually tons more in that area if you are in open water. They redefine the term bunch up, you can be bringing a 4 pound smallie to the boat and have 5-10 coming with it.

There are also some  1,000-5,000 acre lakes that you guys never hear of that can kick out fish like that in those numbers in New England.
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#20 huskybass

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Posted September 15 2008 - 03:48 PM

Tin,

I know that you won a recent tourney on Champlain with three smallies for 12.74 pounds, that is a great limit and I offer my sincere congrats. If I recall correctly, second place on the co-angler side was 10.44 pounds, just about a 3.5 pound average. I guess what I am trying to say is that three pound smallmouth are far more common than 4 pounders, even on a great fishery like Champlain.

Too many guys assume a quality smallmouth will weigh 4 pounds, usually when they meet a scale they weigh less. I have fished quality smallmouth fisheries all over New England including Maine and Vermont, and have caught my share of quality smallmouth with a personal best of 6-4 and 14 others of 5-0 or more. That being said, I know from experience that 4 pound smallmouth are not as common as many reports would seem to indicate. Smallmouth that weigh between three and four pounds are still darn good fish, and I can see how an unweighed 3 1/2 or 3 3/4 pound smallie gets reported as a "4". I've had smallies that I thought would go 5 pounds actually weigh 4 1/4. It takes a whole lot of smallmouth to weigh 4 pounds, let alone 5.

By the way, I have spoken with the guide who is featured on the videos.  He confirmed that the size range is from 2 pounds on up to 6 or 7 pounds.  His statement alone is far more true and realistic than the 40 over 4 pounds statement.  No doubt Dworshak is a great fishery, but even the videos show a range of sizes.  
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Posted September 15 2008 - 03:56 PM

Too many guys assume a quality smallmouth will weigh 4 pounds, usually when they meet a scale they weigh less...It takes a whole lot of smallmouth to weigh 4 pounds, let alone 5.


Hmm...I think I'll quote you on that!

I agree, completely.

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#22 TournyFish001

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Posted September 15 2008 - 04:17 PM

Too many guys assume a quality smallmouth will weigh 4 pounds, usually when they meet a scale they weigh less...It takes a whole lot of smallmouth to weigh 4 pounds, let alone 5.


Hmm...I think I'll quote you on that!
I agree, completely.

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Posted November 24 2008 - 08:52 PM

I fished with Jeff Jarret, of Orofino, ID, in May.  We had a slow day, only put five fish in the boat, but every one was weighed on an accurate scale (boga).  One was 3.5 lbs.  The rest were 4-5.5.  Jeff is the only guide doing bass on Dworshak, right now.  There was a tournament going on that weekend.  We didn't enter, but if we had, we would have doubled the winning weight that day, plus won the largest fish award, too.  Would have paid about $1250, if I remember right.   ;D
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Posted November 26 2008 - 01:13 PM

I fished with Jeff Jarret, of Orofino, ID, in May. We had a slow day, only put five fish in the boat, but every one was weighed on an accurate scale (boga). One was 3.5 lbs. The rest were 4-5.5. Jeff is the only guide doing bass on Dworshak, right now. There was a tournament going on that weekend. We didn't enter, but if we had, we would have doubled the winning weight that day, plus won the largest fish award, too. Would have paid about $1250, if I remember right. ;D


We fished it in September winning weight was 22LBS in 5 fish- each day I fished it I caught a 5LB'er.  Not very many locals fish that place for bass I love it up there.

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Posted November 28 2008 - 05:32 PM

A good friend who I worked under in Wyoming is now doing research on Dworshak, and Lake Pend Oreille.  I saw him last week while traveling through Spokane for work.  He mentioned great smallie fishing, but nothing about future state record size fish.  He would have mentioned that if he thought they were there just to rub it in my face that I moved back east and took a non-fish related job.  Both sound like amazing fisheries though, you are lucky to be able to fish them.

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Posted January 22 2009 - 01:28 PM

A good friend who I worked under in Wyoming is now doing research on Dworshak, and Lake Pend Oreille. I saw him last week while traveling through Spokane for work. He mentioned great smallie fishing, but nothing about future state record size fish. He would have mentioned that if he thought they were there just to rub it in my face that I moved back east and took a non-fish related job. Both sound like amazing fisheries though, you are lucky to be able to fish them.


Amen to that!