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New to the boards here.  A lot of great information.  I've been fishing for over 15 years now, mostly on rivers for smallmouth.  I now work out of town building powerlines and don't have much time to fish.  I'm going to try something new, fishing midday.  Anyone got any tips?

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Welcome aboard!

Browse through the threads in this section for hundreds of tips.

In addition to many serious smallmouth fishermen, we have

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of the Forum.

Good luck!

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well considering it is hot as heck right now find the cooler water

look for deeper holes and fish slow and find shade

look for creek runoffs and fish eddies close to this water

also find fast water leading into the deep holes this is the oxygen rich water

wear sunscreen and take plenty of water and power bars with you

and bienvenidos

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I usually fish deep this time of year, especially during midday hours,

Look for humps, ledges etc. 10-15ft close to deeper water.

I use deep cranks, carolina rigged soft plastics, jig&pig etc.

Fish em s-l-o-w and hang on!!!!

Of course I'm talking highland type lakes not rivers.

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The riffled heads of holes. Find ones that concentrate the flow into a chute. Two or three feet deep, the faster the current the better. Topwater, worked really fast. Doesn't matter if it's high sun. Find the sweet spot and it's one after another, after another, after another....

Not all chute's are created equal. It must dump into deep enough water.

This is probably my most effective summer pattern, used when the water is low and hot, and its also my most fun. I have it down to something of a science. I've told a few people about it and they act like I'm crazy. The guy I've been fishing with lately was skeptical, until the water dropped low enough for me to show him, and he was blown away by it.

When the river is low and hot, forget going deep and slow, go shallow and fast. ;)

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Hello all, First time posting here. I have had some great luck lately (last year too) and it has all been in the middle of the day. I fish on the Chemung River in upstate NY and the smallmouth bass fishing can be darn good. Definitely some bigger fish to be found in the Finger Lakes and other rivers but this is very close to home and I can get out on a regular basis. Most of the ones I catch are chunky 12-15 inchers but there are some larger ones. If there is anything better than wading in a river and fishing for smallmouth I haven't found it. Some of the best days have been when it was in the high 90s and the water was quite low. My new favorite lure is  a 3" Senko worm(green pumpkin with black) wacky rigged and the 3" Fat Ika is becoming a close second. There were times on 3 different occassions where almost every cast with the 3" worm caught a fish. It works great without any weight but it also worked well in fast water with just a small amount of weight about 18" above it.

Looking forward to getting out again....real soon.

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I've been having success in the river near me fishing mid-stream in 5-8 feet of water.  Been mostly drifting moving downstream just slightly faster than the current with the TM, bouncing either tubes or Berkeley Gulp minnows (herring or chartreuse color) along the bottom.  Consistent hits in the middle of the day.  Steady but not fast current is enough to keep them cool I guesss, especially as they have plenty of ledges and rocks to shelter under.

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