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so recently ive dona a lot of stream wading for smallies, i havent a clue what to use. ive only caught one small one, and it was on a 4' trick stick. i throw bitsy tubes, 3' grubs, 4' finnese worms and the like. i dont think its the bait that im throwing, its just where do stream smallies hang out this time of year?

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I do alot of stream fishing.I find top water lures work best.Poppers,jitterbugs,torpedos,things like that.Cast around boulders,overhanging tree's,feeder creeks,etc.

Good luck.

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Try bigger, faster baits fished around the heaviest cover. Here in SW MO I catch nice Smallies float fishing right behind guys who are using small grubs and tubes using Super Flukes, spinnerbaits, and full size hard jerks like the original floating Rogue.

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Evening fishing.

Rebel Teeny Wee and Wee Craw.

Heddon Torpedo.

Flukes.

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just noticed that you are fishing elkhorn creek there

fish floating rapalas, roostertails, cabin creek tubes, and senkos

go to back water tackle off of new circle road and tell them where you are fishing they will put you on fish

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For streams i usually find them all over when the water is warm. They will usually sit behind rocks and hit lures as they swim above them. I usually use a red 1/4 oz sonic rooster tail to cover the quicker moving parts of the stream and a original silver rapala or x-rap to fish the slower moving parts or pools. Usually if it hasn't rained for a good while, the streams up in southwest wisconsin get pretty clear, so you can sometimes even see the bass lurking. Its pretty neat, as you can toss lures from the shore and watch them suck it up as they go overhead.

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believe it or not, banjow minnows and frogs are really my "go to" in the spring summer and fall for smallies. especially the frogs. i also tend to throw rapalas stick baits in a range of colors from fire tiger to the normal black and silver, wacky rigged sinkos have caught me many fish (including a few muskies in virginia), and yum craws when i feel like switching it up.

if you dont have any banjos, get some 2/0 or 3/0 wide gap hooks, a bag of 4" zoom super flukes in the color of your choice and instead of doing a T-rig, put the hook through the nose of the bait. bring the point up through the bottom of the nose and out the top. if you put it back far enough on the nose, the bait tends to slide past most snags and i think that the action is FAR better than a normal rigged fluke. that has become my fall back recently while im in florida. that and im out of banjos. the only problem with rigging the fluke like that is that you will end up going through quite a few. i usually get 4 to 5 fish out of 1 minnow, unless they are just absolutly slamming it. there is also the inline spinners that always seem to produce huge numbers of just about everything in streams and rivers for me. you just have to find a bait you feel comfortable using, and that the fish are feeling that day. you'll find em.

look for rocks and downed trees. if your stream has weed beds, try throwing frogs in and around the weeds. and ive never failed to connect on the outside edges of bends in the river, as these tend to be the deeper holes. keep on 'em!  ;D

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