firepoggyParticipantOctober 12, 2017 at 12:30 pmPost count: 129
When the water was down I found a pool full of catfish. By the time I got around to fishing it the water had risen. Much to my surprise several smallmouth are now occupying the area. I keep getting good strikes but these boogers are quick to spit the lure. Any suggestions as I have thrown everything I can think of at them. I did manage to get one to swallow a mister twisty good enough for a hook set.maxxParticipantOctober 12, 2017 at 1:19 pmPost count: 2495
I was going to say a jig and a twister tail. Rattle traps are really good small mouth lures also but they may be hard to throw in that shallow of water.HEUYParticipantOctober 12, 2017 at 3:37 pmPost count: 543
Live bait on a Circle hook. Not too hard to release a fish and sometimes better than a treble hook.Kent TParticipantOctober 12, 2017 at 4:15 pmPost count: 274
2 3/4″ floating Rapala in silver. Reel it in on a steady medium retrieve just below the surface.stick500ParticipantOctober 12, 2017 at 4:20 pmPost count: 457
Late in the season I’ve run into many pools with a whole group of really fussy smallmouths- I think they’ve all been caught a couple of times or something. And they of course see me since the water is so low and clear (as well as my dog).
I throw everything at them and I even tried the live minnow on a circle hook when I had a bucket of them in the car- no dice!
Then I’ll move up or down the creek and find some in the current that are feeding and can’t see me and then I get that great smallmouth aggressiveness where they pound just about anything that moves.
Weird!stick500ParticipantOctober 30, 2017 at 5:28 pmPost count: 457
I imagine smallie fishing in small streams is pretty much over with for the year at this time, right?
Don’t they pretty much head to big rivers to overwinter?speng5ParticipantOctober 30, 2017 at 5:53 pmPost count: 2928
I like the shallowest running Flicker Shads you can buy and a stop and go retrieve. Sometimes they will hit it on the pauses. Make it irregular, 2-3 cranks, let it set a couple seconds. Give maybe 5-6 cranks, let it set a second. 3-4 more cranks, you get the picture. With 2 treble hooks these do a pretty decent job of hooking fish.
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