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I'm not really sure of the length or depth of this river but it's not very wide at all. I can basically cast across it but for those who does fish small river or so what kind of luck have y'all had. For those in Va It's the Mattaponi river right near Stonewall Jackson rd. I'm thinking about traveling and fishing in jonboat just hoping I'll have some decent luck and hopefully land some quality bass. I have heard rumors of big bowfin runs the river just I never landed one just small dinks and small pickerels there.

Are small rivers worth the try and do smaller rivers hold big fish?

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That's almost all I fish here in wny I grew up fishing them. Just last year alone I nailed 3 6lb smallies outa johnsons here in wny and its mostly 3ft deep with some deepholes down to 12ft. I usualy throw grubs,j9 rapalas, rebel floater craws, spinners and mini buzz baits. Occasionaly I borrow a canoe and go above the falls on said river where its deeper and more cover to fish last night I got 3 bass all over 3lbs one at 4.6 then 2 decent pike.

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Thanks Clayton. I'm not sure but rumor is there is black bass but for what I know from bank experience LMB, pickerel, and brem. I never caught a catfish there. I do know there is allot of vegetation like lilies.

So for what I know to toss is my normal frog, wacky, maybe small crank. I probably also toss out my chatterbait and maybe a skitter walk. I do have my jigs ready as well.but I'm thinking if I should go with a small bullet weight and rigging up Smokin rooster or space monkey over a shaky head?

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http://dponthefly.blogspot.com/2011/05/its-pickin-up.html

This river is, at it's widest, is as wide as a road in your neighborhood. I've fallen in a pool that is 5.5' deep and that's the deepest pool we found on this river. Little rivers/creeks are some of the best waters around since they are often overlooked.

Check the rest of that guy's blog out, pretty cool stories about carp from flooded yards, random Largies in a trout stream, he's nutty for warm water fly fishing.

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ive caught some big smallmouth in the willis river near my house. id say go for it. popers, tiny torpedo and senkos

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There's some creeks around here that have good largemouth fishing in them. It's amazing how well they blend in and come out of no where to eat a bait sometimes. Lots of small rivers in the Ozarks a couple hours south hold lots of smallmouth a few largemouth. I was fishing a sammy through a fast water area on one of them last summer and caught a 3 pound smallmouth and a 4 pound largemouth on back to back casts. So to answer your question, yes small rivers are worth the effort!

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Yea I'm not so sure there is smallmouth's there. I can't find where they supposedly are and I can't find much about fishing the mattaponi near me. I know towards Zoar state park and West point where the river opens up at is fun fishing from what I read but nothing about smallmouths.

I was going to go today but my son is very sick so I'm staying home with him. BUT with all this smallmouth talk got me in the mood to go and try some. I only caught one in my life but that was just hook and worm when was little.

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Yea I'm not so sure there is smallmouth's there. I can't find where they supposedly are and I can't find much about fishing the mattaponi near me. I know towards Zoar state park and West point where the river opens up at is fun fishing from what I read but nothing about smallmouths.

I was going to go today but my son is very sick so I'm staying home with him. BUT with all this smallmouth talk got me in the mood to go and try some. I only caught one in my life but that was just hook and worm when was little.

Hope your son feels better but you need to go get some smallies one in ur whole life is terrible idk what id do without bronzebacks in my fishing life

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Thanks Clayton! Yea and I hear ya about the smallies. I've been up searching for some rivers that I know have em bout not sure if can travel in the boat. This is where I want a kayak. The more I think about it I hate myself for selling my 11' jonboat. I could easily transported it and just bought some oars.

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