Winter river smallie help
Posted December 14 2010 - 12:18 AM
With the river being so low, there are very few deeper pools available and the further downstream you go, the shallower it gets (less than 1 ft in many areas).
Anybody have any advice on fishing river smallies in very cold water? I've worked all of the deeper water I can find with pretty much everything in the box with no success. It's almost like they've disappeared. I know they are there because there's nowhere for them to go downstream and there is a dam blocking them from going upstream. Any cold water river suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Tight Lines...CoBass.
Posted December 14 2010 - 06:38 AM
Posted December 14 2010 - 08:40 AM
Live Magic Shad.
Posted December 14 2010 - 10:33 AM
Posted December 14 2010 - 10:41 AM
I never leave the house without these
1.Jig heads and curly tails
2.Storm wild eye shiners
4.Suspending jerk baits
5.Swedish Pimple or jiggin spoon
Posted December 14 2010 - 12:57 PM
For catching, we use two groups of lures, the suspending jerkbaits (smaller is better), and hair jigs (smaller is better). All presentations are slow. We glide amd stop the small jig occasionally, and the jerkbait may sit still for 5-10 seconds.
Last, the location is always the same (not counting for the spring holes), Fish the deepest and slowest pools in your fishery. Good luck, and maybe some of my learning can transfer to your situation.
Posted December 14 2010 - 08:07 PM
I've been giving it some more thought, and I think part of the problem could be competition from other species. I'm catching plenty of trout (rainbows and browns) and the occasional walleye as well. These fish are much more active in the lower temps and I think they might be getting to the baits before the smallies have a chance to even look at it. Oh well, at least I'm catching fish. Can't complain about that. Tight Lines...CoBass
Posted December 15 2010 - 02:43 PM
Posted December 15 2010 - 08:26 PM
can't believe no one mentioned tubes yet! Keep your colors dull. Fish tend to lose their color the colder it gets, so make your lures do the same.
Posted December 16 2010 - 12:50 AM
Nick...Yes, I'm very lucky to have access to a river with so many species in it. In the summer it's not unusual to get a few large mouth, spots, and wiper as well. There's some nice channel cats in there too. It's a pretty unique fishery, strong populations of both warm and cold water species. Rainbows and browns over 20" are pretty common when the water temps are down. Tight Lines...CoBass
Posted January 27 2011 - 05:12 PM
I have heard that the hair jig is very productive, and smaller leech type lures work well, but I've never used either.
Like everyone else said...find the deeper pools and fish slow...real slow. Use the lightest line you can get away with and the lightest tube jig you can stand.
A well balanced rod helps you out a lot as well. I tend to use braid, with a fluoro leader for increased sensitivity.
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