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Most of the river smallmouth I catch in/around current are average-small in size. All of the trophy sized fish have been in calm deep pools off rock piles. Am I doing something wrong or does this sound right?


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Where I've fished for them, trophies come from both calm and raging waters......I've caught 5lb+ below Wheeler dam when they were running like 3-4 turbines IIrc.    It was hard to imagine any fish could maintain itself where we fishing.....we'd motor to the dam, then drift back a thousand or two yards back.    

 

Wish I lived in a place where I could catch them more, but I wanted to add a data point to your thread

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1 hour ago, AlabamaSpothunter said:

Where I've fished for them, trophies come from both calm and raging waters......I've caught 5lb+ below Wheeler dam when they were running like 3-4 turbines IIrc.    It was hard to imagine any fish could maintain itself where we fishing.....we'd motor to the dam, then drift back a thousand or two yards back.    

 

Wish I lived in a place where I could catch them more, but I wanted to add a data point to your thread

Yeah I would say dams would be the exception to the rule in my anecdotal experience.

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