Sunday, May 10, 2009

Week of Panfish

I managed to hit a couple of creeks Tuesday through Saturday for a few hours:

Threw a 2-3" grub on a 1/8 oz jighead. 5.5' ultralite rod. Managed around 100 fish each day except thursday when the creek had risen close to a foot from rain. If you haven't fished white bass on light tackle, it's an absolute blast. They are powerful swimmers for their size.

Couple of surprises:

The biggest surprise was the habitat in the creek should mean it's filled with smallies. Where were they? By mistake, we should have caught a couple. Very few small largemouth bass were caught. Yet, no smallmouth.

The massive influx of white bass, yellow bass, and crappie has to be destructive to the smallmouth population. The smallie spawning time coincides with massive arrival of thousands of hungry panfish.



  1. Looks like you had great fun and the fish numbers sure help. I enjoy some ultralight fishing also. I bet Smallmouth on an ultralight outfit is a gas.

  2. Mel, White bass are a throwback to some of my fishing as a kid.

    The opportunity to catch a lot of fish during a river run should not be missed.

    I think I just started my own new tradition.