Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nom, Nom, Nom, Goes the Smallmouth 6/23/13

Network problems again at work, so I went fishing. Did a long stretch, with bike at the next bridge. Big pools and 3.5 miles on foot. Air temps in the 90's. Water temps have warmed up considerably. Water clarity had improved a bit since last time out. Day started off overcast, hazy which helped. No lie, it was hot.

Loaded up ice in my platypus water bladder. Set out wiping my sunglasses as sweat formed constantly. Smallmouth were biting a Wake Crank on the day, but man, we're they flopping off easily. I had partially hooked and lost 5 nice bass by the time I had 7 landed. Didn't have a spare feathered treble or a hook sharpener (trying to keep weight down on long wades). This hurt me in terms of numbers and size of smallmouth bass throughout the day.

Fishing was ultimately very frustrating. I ended with 57 smallmouth bass and 6 rock bass. Could have caught double that if I had that sharp, rear, feathered treble. I had thought about tying just a couple days earlier. Not sure I lost any real pigs, but definitely 4-5 15-16" bass.

Pulled a few on tubes when I gave it a chance low and slow in faster deep current.

Also, found a single flat on the entire stretch where some late spawners were guarding beds. Kind of a shock here because I thought they had finished up. Thousands of black fry on that flat. Good to see.

Another note is the record flooding has moved riffles and bottom substrate in very advantageous ways. Deeper overall and different. 

Lots of 6-8" smallmouth, which I try to avoid catching, kept impailing themselves on my hooks. kind of a hollow 57 bass, the most hollow high number day I can remember. All those lost fish were frustrating. Such light bites.

57 SMB (17.5", 4-16"ers, 4-15") 6 Rock Bass

Friday, June 21, 2013

6/20/13 Half Day Gone Fishing

Our Network was down today, so no email, no printer. Finished up what I could and left for the day. Mowed the grass, then set out to stream.

Bright sunny day, good flow in my creek, visibility in the 18" range of brown stain. 4+ mile wade and then bike shuttle at the end. Arrived at 230pm, so maybe 7 hours to finish. I'd have to run and gun.

Sammy produced until about 6pm. Then the bass started missing. Got a few waking baits, then moved to slowly fishing a tube when that stopped.

Nailed an 18.5" bass near dusk on a tube in a water willow flat. Was just thinking I haven't gotten any nice ones on finesse baits in a while. This spot I had seen bass on several years ago produced now with the limited visibility.

38 SMB (18.5", 3-16-16.5") 4 Rock Bass

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

6/18/13 20.25" Smallmouth Bass

Long wade, 12" visibility, good tube bite, gave way to some Sammy, Buzzbait action.

32 SMB (20.25", 18.25", 17", 16") 2 Rock Bass

Monday, June 17, 2013

Smallmouth Action Heating Up.

Smallmouth action has been heating up again as the larger fish have recovered from spawn and now the smaller fish are getting there too. Water has been up or stained most places, which has been nice for me as the fishing has more difficult than just cranking and winding. Lures producing have been tubes, chatterbaits, wakebaits, Sammies, and buzzbaits. Nothing better than another I might add. Here are some random pics. Pretty consistently 2-4 bass 16-18" each time out 20-40 fish. Rock Bass won't stay off my line either.