Fishing small to medium, rivers and creeks for smallies
Posted March 24 2010 - 02:47 PM
I do very well in how I fish them now-mainly twister jigs, sluggo's, some various other's but the number one method I use is an 1/8 oz jig head with 4" - 6" twisters in various colors which can change from hole to hole.
I'm looking for others who fish these type of waters to maybe exchange idea's, techniques, lures, presentation's. Maybe talk about the cycle of the smally on a creek and river and there locations throughout the year,etc...
Even though I do pretty good, I just feel like there is so much more out there to learn--I wanna crank bait more etc...One of my favorite ways to learn new things is to ask every single local I see on or off the water what they know about the fishing in this area--I've received several tips that have put me on many-a-fish. I just crave knowledge when it comes to fishing and I would like to talk more with those who do this kind of fishing. I fish a kayak with a dog behind me and I get to fish all kinds of water that most can't imagine getting to.
So if your up to swapping some techniques or styles of fishing I would love to hear from you. Thanks for your time. John
Posted March 24 2010 - 03:52 PM
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Posted March 25 2010 - 06:53 AM
One thing that lot's of folks don't get about Smallmouths in current is when the water is warmest they can be super-aggressive. July, August, and September are my best months for big Smallies from these rivers, and I usually catch them burning a spinnerbait, bouncing a crank though flooded timber, or aggressively working a topwater or wakebait.
When the water is at it warmest, think KVD and fish fast. Some days you'll have to slow it down a notch, but a majority of the time speed works.
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Posted March 25 2010 - 02:15 PM
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Posted April 01 2010 - 09:39 AM
Craw colored 3" tube, weightless. A favorite of my wife, seems hard to fish wrong and produces good year round.
Junebug or black colored Senko. Rigged T style on a 4/0 EWG. Very good for deeper holes and/or slow moving water.
Rapala original floating. F7 or F9 size. My all time top crankbait. Consistent year round and in all but the deepest water.
Bandit bomber style cranks. I like the 200 series in rootbeer color. Fished slow from upstream or burned across. Seems to target bigger fish. For extra murky water I use Crawfish/orange belly or craw chartreuse brown. Hardly get snags with the big lip.
White or light colored 4" grubs on a 1/4 oz. jighead. Fish slow, bouncing off the bottom.
My all time favorite lure ever is this:
Called a little Lucy. Not widely known, but catches fish all the time. I've caught my PB on this small lure and keep at least 10 of them with me wherever I fish. Black works best. Always use a swivel and sinkers is depth permits.
Nightcrawlers and live minnows are great if available.
Posted April 01 2010 - 08:21 PM
A chartruse and white spinner bait did wonders for me last year.
Early summer I like to use a frog colored Rebel Pop-r. The smallies tear it up. I need to find another one I lost my last one last fall to a large pike...any one know where I can get one. They seam to not make that color any more....
Posted April 02 2010 - 12:37 PM
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Posted April 09 2010 - 12:24 PM
Zoom 4" Lizard-Texas Rigged
3.5" Tube-On a Jig Head
Posted April 09 2010 - 05:30 PM
Posted April 14 2010 - 05:34 AM