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1st part of August Trip - Where will be best?

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Got the go ahead to plan a trip to anywhere in the U.S. during the first part of August. I plan on pulling my boat but hiring a guide maybe half a day the first day to get a lay of the land.

 

Looking for some recommendations as to where will be the best place to have a trip of a lifetime (will be celebrating 30th birthday).

 

Thinking that due to the heat in the big largemouth fisheries in the southern states that it might be best to head north to catch some trophy smallies. I've never targeted smallies so there'd be a bit of a learning curve. If you think that the southern state fishing will be good around that time then I am also open to those suggestions.

 

Would love your suggestions!

 

 

 

 

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Green Bay Wisconsin area should be a good choice driving from Omaha NE.

Tom

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Alabama in August is miserable. 95 degrees and up for the highs with high humidity. 

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1 hour ago, HeyCoach said:

Alabama in August is miserable. 95 degrees and up for the highs with high humidity. 

Miserable for the fish, meaning they are tough to catch??

57 minutes ago, Alec McMillan said:

South/Central Georgia is awesome in the summer! 95+ degrees! I love it!

Awesome for you liking the weather, or awesome for fishing?

 

 

I don't mind the heat, in fact, I embrace it. But I am not going to have nice weather vacation. I am on the hunt for some big bags of fish!

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I was meaning miserable as in weather. 

 

Now I’m usually coaching football in August and not fishing, so I’m not the one to ask about that. 

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Going to need a big boat to get on a lot of those big smallmouth waters up north. 

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6 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Going to need a big boat to get on a lot of those big smallmouth waters up north. 

I have kind of come to that conclusion after reading a bit about some of those big smallmouth lakes. May have to figure out a different plan.

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Just throwing it out there but what about the Finger Lakes Region in upstate New York?  I have family that lives up that way and there is a lot of water in a small area, meaning you could fish a lot of different lakes.  Most of them you wouldn't have to worry about a bigger boat issue.  My little brother does pretty good fishing up there.

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On 5/20/2019 at 8:28 PM, Dirtyeggroll said:

Miserable for the fish, meaning they are tough to catch??

Awesome for you liking the weather, or awesome for fishing?

 

 

I don't mind the heat, in fact, I embrace it. But I am not going to have nice weather vacation. I am on the hunt for some big bags of fish!

The fishing is awesome, I love the heat also.

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The heat isn’t the issue it’s the humidity + heat that sucks and bugs at night. I would suggest my location but it may be too far to trailer a boat.

Tom

 

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Big Smallmouth in lakes in August is doable with a good guide in northern Minnesota, Michigan or Wisconsin but they will be deep. I do a smallmouth trip for big fish in August but I’ll only fish rivers that time of year. The fish will be shallow but unless you have a jet boat, canoe or kayak the rocks will tear up your lower unit. 

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That’s a really good time of year for ultra shallow topwater smallmouth in my neck of the woods 

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9 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

That’s a really good time of year for ultra shallow topwater smallmouth in my neck of the woods 

Tennessee is an interesting idea. I will be in Nashville for work for the month of July. I have a good friend who lives in Smyrna (southwest of Nashville proper) with whom I will be staying. I am planning on bringing my boat for the Nashville trip with hopes that I have a free weekend (or week night) during that time to fish Chickamauga, Percy Priest, Kentucky Lake or Dale Hollow. I didn't figure that time of year would be ideal for those lakes and its also my understanding that those lakes are highly pressured and could prove to be pretty difficult to fish for an outsider so fishing them was going to be more of a side bonus of my work trip.

 

Please tell me more about your neck of the woods in early August.

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6 minutes ago, Dirtyeggroll said:

Tennessee is an interesting idea. I will be in Nashville for work for the month of July. I have a good friend who lives in Smyrna (southwest of Nashville proper) with whom I will be staying. I am planning on bringing my boat for the Nashville trip with hopes that I have a free weekend (or week night) during that time to fish Chickamauga, Percy Priest, Kentucky Lake or Dale Hollow. I didn't figure that time of year would be ideal for those lakes and its also my understanding that those lakes are highly pressured and could prove to be pretty difficult to fish for an outsider so fishing them was going to be more of a side bonus of my work trip.

 

Please tell me more about your neck of the woods in early August.

The lakes you mentioned will Be crowded after lunch time with pleasure boats and crowded with fishermen at all times. Chickamauga and ky lake would be good for ledge fishing in summer, granted some big fish will haunt the shallows all year. Dale hollow and priest are smallmouth factories, most guys would drag big jigs around all night in August and skip daytime fishing. They catch some monster brown bass by the moonlight. As far as my neck of the woods, there’s a lot of shallow water rivers. That’s the topwater smallmouth fishing I was referring to in my last post. Tailwaters as well as free stone streams, you can catch big smallmouth at noon with topwater when it’s 95 degree air temp. In fact sometimes they don’t hit it until midday. Guys that are handy with a fly rod can really catch some big ones other subtle topwater bugs this time of year also 

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Just now, TnRiver46 said:

The lakes you mentioned will Be crowded after lunch time with pleasure boats and crowded with fishermen at all times.

Also my concern for not originally considering to plan a dedicated fishing trip to these areas.

 

Shallow as in not bass boat friendly shallow?

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39 minutes ago, Dirtyeggroll said:

Also my concern for not originally considering to plan a dedicated fishing trip to these areas.

 

Shallow as in not bass boat friendly shallow?

Some stretches are, some stretches aren't . A couple years ago in the middle of summer we were camping on an island in Norris lake (very bass boat friendly) and accidentally stumbled upon an awesome top water smallmouth bite every morning. It only lasted 2-3 hours but they would come up 20 feet to hit a spook

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Here's some pics from that camping trip, I bet @BassNJake might even know right where we were! Haha. The walleye was at lunchtime 30 ft down with a poor man's Shakey head 

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I don’t know what kind of boat you have but there are plenty of smaller lakes in Michigan with smallmouth in them, rivers as well. 

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16 minutes ago, 12poundbass said:

I don’t know what kind of boat you have but there are plenty of smaller lakes in Michigan with smallmouth in them, rivers as well. 

I was reading some older articles and some guide websites that suggested early August is when the smallmouth up there start to feed up and it can be a good time to go.

 

My boat is a 17 ft Ranger R70. Big waters aren’t out of the question but I don’t have a ton of boating experience on big water.

 

Would love suggestions of smaller lakes and rivers to try.

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Dirtyeggroll said:

I was reading some older articles and some guide websites that suggested early August is when the smallmouth up there start to feed up and it can be a good time to go.

 

My boat is a 17 ft Ranger R70. Big waters aren’t out of the question but I don’t have a ton of boating experience on big water.

 

Would love suggestions of smaller lakes and rivers to try.

 

 

I can’t help you with particular lakes, because I’m just getting into smallmouth fishing and I only have two lakes around me that have them. I have read Croton dam and Hardy pond in the Newaygo area are good. It’s a river impoundment so weather isn’t an issue. There’s a Michigan thread here you can ask in there and I’m sure a few Michigan guys that chase after SMB will help you out.

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I went to Michigan in early September 2015 and the smallmouth about pulled me out of a kayak . Angry boogers up there. If it wasn't for the after lunch wind everyday I think I would have stomped em pretty good 

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