Wednesday, August 13, 2014

smallmouth bass, brook trout, and bears oh my

Hi Folks, Had a busy day yesterday guiding smallmouth bass in the morning and small stream trout in the afternoon.  Chased bass on the lower Lamoille where the water temperature was 74 degrees.  Water levels are really low presently.  That should change after today with the expected 1" to 2" of rain heading our way.  The top water bite was excellent as we got bass to eat a fire tiger popper.  Caught a fish on the first cast of the day.  The top water bite slowed pretty quickly and we resorted to dead drifting 3.5" swim Senkos in red water melon magic.  The fish were on it immediately.  We made one adjustment by using a slightly larger warm hook versus an octopus hook and we started landing the fish we were losing.  Good solid hard pulling smallmouth.  We located all our fish in large primary pools.  In the afternoon on the small stream we walked the water temperature was 61 degrees.  We caught lots of brook trout on a #14 orange stimulator.  Due to the low water levels the fish were stacked up in bigger pools.  We had a close encounter with a mother bear and two cubs.  She walked right up on us.  We backed off and watched her for several minutes as her cubs had scampered up trees.  Pretty cool.  Good day on the water with good anglers who took advantage of fine fine fishing.  Off to chase bass before the rain sets in.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy