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What’s your biggest River smallmouth?


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26 minutes ago, Steveo-1969 said:

Agreed! Lake Commandos is in my Top 3 favorite fishing shows.

Wait a minute steveo........ Is that because you are the host????? I see a gray beard in your avatar

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18 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

@FryDog62, Steve pennaz? That’s pretty awesome! 

In fairness I think 3 of those fish were Steve’s.  I lost a pretty good one too, but he beat me pretty good. The show aired last January and is probably in re-run cyberspace somewhere ;)

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What I fish is considered more a creek than a river. The majority of it is knee deep with holes of water waist to chest deep at best.  My best smallmouth from these waters was a 20" fish. I had wade fished many hours that day and was sitting on the bank having a break and puffing on a cigar. I look mid stream and there comes a big smallie, I had a model 450 AC shiner in purple tied on and as I cast the lure about 8-10 feet ahead of the swimming fish it reacted as if it saw the lure falling through the air and the instant the lure hit the water that bass had sped across that distance and nailed that lure. I measured and released. The very next week I lost that $13 plug to a musky at the exact same place. I've caught numerous 18 and 19" smallmouth in creeks since but have not surpassed the 20" mark. Maybe this year!

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16 hours ago, Smells like fish said:

What I fish is considered more a creek than a river. The majority of it is knee deep with holes of water waist to chest deep at best.  My best smallmouth from these waters was a 20" fish. I had wade fished many hours that day and was sitting on the bank having a break and puffing on a cigar. I look mid stream and there comes a big smallie, I had a model 450 AC shiner in purple tied on and as I cast the lure about 8-10 feet ahead of the swimming fish it reacted as if it saw the lure falling through the air and the instant the lure hit the water that bass had sped across that distance and nailed that lure. I measured and released. The very next week I lost that $13 plug to a musky at the exact same place. I've caught numerous 18 and 19" smallmouth in creeks since but have not surpassed the 20" mark. Maybe this year!

Cool story, it’s amazing sometimes what great sight-feeders smallmouth are.  My PB was caught when I cast too close to shore and wrapped around a branch.  Wacky worm dangling above, the fish came out of the water twice to get it.  Quite an attitude they have too!

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My biggest river Smallie was 23 1/4!! I didn't own a scale at that point, so I have no idea the weight of her. For what it's worth t hpugh, the fishes proportions were perfect. Chunky AND long! 

 

I caught her in a West-central WI river on a little green pumpkin blue Cabin Creek Salty Critter Jr tube rigged on a Cadman's Smallie Crawlin jig (my Go-To).

 

Funny thing is that she didn't really fight very hard. Hit was normal, only one jump (which was enough to see how big the fish was and stop the heart lol) the most impressive thing was how hard she dead stopped me... in the fastest current... with drag singing... so much fun! 

Definitely trophy worthy!

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On 12/17/2019 at 8:16 PM, FryDog62 said:

One of the better river stringers I’ve had, caught by my friend Steve and I... again, near the headwaters of the Miss where the water gets skinny..

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Those kind of beauties right there are why I think Smallmouth are better looking fish than Largemouth.

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On 12/18/2019 at 3:57 PM, FryDog62 said:

In fairness I think 3 of those fish were Steve’s.  I lost a pretty good one too, but he beat me pretty good. The show aired last January and is probably in re-run cyberspace somewhere ;)

Did you catch a smallmouth at the boat landing before the boat was even launched? (Hmmmm, that might have been In-Fisherman or Linder's Angling Edge or Ultimate Fishing Experience or...).

 

Anywho, I'm going to look for your episode on MOTV. I'm sure I watched it before but now I can say "Holy Crap, that's FryDog62!!!".

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Well the spoiler alert is I didn’t have a very good day on the water, although I did pick the right pattern.  Had the topwater bite been anything like we expected it could have been a highly productive day.  Steve definitely is quite a talented and persistent angler and not just a pitch man for product...

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16 hours ago, FryDog62 said:

Well the spoiler alert is I didn’t have a very good day on the water, although I did pick the right pattern.  Had the topwater bite been anything like we expected it could have been a highly productive day.  Steve definitely is quite a talented and persistent angler and not just a pitch man for product...

I enjoyed the North American Fisherman show with Steve and Hal Schramm and the Knot Wars segment. I think Lake Commandos is one of the most enjoyable to watch shows out today. Glad to hear he is not just pitching Berkley/Abu rods/reels/line/lures, etc...

 

I watched your show last night on MOTV. I'm addicted to jig fishing and was glad to see you had the most productive pattern of the day! I'm adding Chris Fryer to my list of fishing celebrities that are members of Bass Resource!! ?

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On 11/26/2019 at 2:52 PM, TnRiver46 said:

Well i guess i have never caught a river smallie according to this thread so my new answer is 0 lbs 0 ozs. In a state without natural lakes nonetheless....

Every drop of water in the whole state is behind a dam, some just further upstream than others

Dude you are catching river smallies. You are a river smallie addict. Some are getting a bit over technical on matters that mean nothing. 
 

You and I are from different parts of old glory but fish similar. 
 

I enjoy your posts. I’m want to get down your way before I leave Gods green earth. Do want to get to Pickwick. 

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This is my largest river smallie out of the Shiawassee River ( guys down south might call it a creek) the river averages 30-50 yards across maximum avg depth is probably 3-4 feet ( not counting holes)so no power boats . Actually I’m fairly positive I’ve caught this fish twice, 2nd time I took this pic. I think it was spring of 2016.  I had wadded about a half mile Down river from the park to bend.  The bend in the river that had a nice deep run in the middle and on the opposite side from where I was casting the opposite side was deep,  quiet, with vegetation.  Using a J-7 jointed silver belly black back rapala ( which, early April-mid June it slays smallies). I casted to the opposite Side a couple times finally I got it really close to the vegetation and she nailed.  This smallie put up. Nice fight.  I’m 6ft4 and was in over knee deep water and I swear she jumped level with my eyes 2 times.  im not sure how long she was but, that J-7 is caught next to her in the net for comparison. 
 

Ive neglected the Shiawassee river since getting my boat.  Thinking this year I need to bust out the canoe Again and give her hell.

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Caught this one 4 years ago in February on one of those cheap floating bps jerkbaits. No scale so no clue what it weighed but without a shadow of a doubt my biggest smallmouth.

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Wisconsin River Smallmouth 21 inches. 5.5 lbs 

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In the kayak world we measure our fish for our online leagues. This was my best ever day on the Wisconsin River May 2019.

 

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My pb is a tie between two fish and both were out of rivers. First one was a summer fish out of pool 4 of the Mississippi at 20.5 inches. Got it in lake pepin itself, which for those of you who don’t know is a 20k acre lake that has been that way for thousands of years, so it’s not really a reservoir. Still has a river above and bellow it, so a lot of the fish will migrate in and out of the lake depending on time of year. My second 20.5 was out of the Zumbro river which is a much smaller tributary to the miss in southern mn. I caught this one in November out of the deepest hole in that stretch of river and it was way fatter than the one from the mighty miss

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2 hours ago, Brendan Andrews said:

My pb is a tie between two fish and both were out of rivers. First one was a summer fish out of pool 4 of the Mississippi at 20.5 inches. Got it in lake pepin itself, which for those of you who don’t know is a 20k acre lake that has been that way for thousands of years, so it’s not really a reservoir. Still has a river above and bellow it, so a lot of the fish will migrate in and out of the lake depending on time of year. My second 20.5 was out of the Zumbro river which is a much smaller tributary to the miss in southern mn. I caught this one in November out of the deepest hole in that stretch of river and it was way fatter than the one from the mighty miss

That’s cool Brendan, I’m originally from Rochester and have fished Pepin, Wabasha, and the Zumbro below the power dam many times.  Great fishing if you know where to go in those rivers, sounds like you caught some hogs! 

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7 hours ago, FryDog62 said:

That’s cool Brendan, I’m originally from Rochester and have fished Pepin, Wabasha, and the Zumbro below the power dam many times.  Great fishing if you know where to go in those rivers, sounds like you caught some hogs! 

That’s awesome man, the fish I was talking about is from bellow the power dam, it’s my favorite fishery in southern mn. I spend most of my time musky fishing there or walleye fishing in the winter but there are some amazing smallies there too. Took a picture of a guy with his phone of a 22.75, really wish I had that picture. There’s also 55+ inch muskies in there, I’ve only got 40’s so far but saw a 54 and a 56 come out last year

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40 minutes ago, Brendan Andrews said:

That’s awesome man, the fish I was talking about is from bellow the power dam, it’s my favorite fishery in southern mn. I spend most of my time musky fishing there or walleye fishing in the winter but there are some amazing smallies there too. Took a picture of a guy with his phone of a 22.75, really wish I had that picture. There’s also 55+ inch muskies in there, I’ve only got 40’s so far but saw a 54 and a 56 come out last year

Yeah, great fishery below for a bunch of species.  Muskies are a funny story - originally stocked in the reservoir above the dam, but they all took a ride down the 90 foot spillway into the river below.  That would make ValleyFair look tame! 

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3 hours ago, Brendan Andrews said:

That’s awesome man, the fish I was talking about is from bellow the power dam, it’s my favorite fishery in southern mn. I spend most of my time musky fishing there or walleye fishing in the winter but there are some amazing smallies there too. Took a picture of a guy with his phone of a 22.75, really wish I had that picture. There’s also 55+ inch muskies in there, I’ve only got 40’s so far but saw a 54 and a 56 come out last year

That sounds like an awesome place to fish.

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On 2/17/2020 at 1:49 AM, Michigander said:

This fish made me feel like I was in a movie. The aerial acrobatics it did during the fight were awesome. This is my favorite fish that I have ever caught.

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Is that a smallmouth? It's so muddy it's hard to tell.......

 

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