Sunday, August 31, 2014

light tackle and big fish

Hi Folks, I have been guiding river smallmouth the last few days.  Water is low and temperatures have climbed.  Water temperature was 73 degrees at 7:00am yesterday morning.  Hopefully we will get some much needed rain over the next few days.  The bass fishing has been very good.  It appears that the fish have been on a feeding binge as well with lots of stuffed bellies.  Been noticing a high number of craw fish sticking out of the fish's gullet when taking the hook out and releasing them.  We have caught well over 40 smallmouth in the last 2 days and the average fish has been weighing in around 2lbs.  Been spin fishing using 3" baby bass Senkos and watermelon green magic for colors.  Dead drifting in big pools with lots of boulders and wood.  Since the water is so low and clear you can see the fish emerge from cover to eat the rubber.  Lots of fun fighting smallmouth on light tackle with ultra light spin gear and 4lb and 6lb. test.  I am off to chase trout this morning in a small stream.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy