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Smallmouth River Fishing 5 years 7 months ago #1


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Hey guys,
So, I'm trying to learn some new techniques for catching smallmouth in small streams and rivers. That is the majority of water that i fish. I recently bought some flukes and some senkos to try out in a couple weeks. I was just curious how you guys rig yours, and any techniques that you use that are successful! Thanks in advance for any help!
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Smallmouth River Fishing 5 years 7 months ago #2


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If I'm just floating the Mississippi and fishing the banks, I'll use Kalins Grubs with 1/4 oz jig heads. I'f I'm fishing the flood waters or eddies during high water, I'll wacky or Texas rig the Senko depending on structure
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Smallmouth River Fishing 5 years 7 months ago #3


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Im usually on smaller rivers like the illinois or the kings river. Ive been hearing lots of good things about the wacky rig. I'm excited to go try it out for myself
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Re:Smallmouth River Fishing 5 years 7 months ago #4


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Tubes are one of the best baits for smallies in streams,Small yum dingers are also one of my favorites
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Re:Smallmouth River Fishing 5 years 7 months ago #5


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DSP wrote:
Tubes are one of the best baits for smallies in streams,Small yum dingers are also one of my favorites

Yeah, I've had good luck with white/black fleck tubes on the Miss.
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Re:Smallmouth River Fishing 5 years 7 months ago #6


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Senkos, tubes, and grubs work great when you want to pick a part some structure. Crankbaits that look like your local crayfish work wonders for covering water. I use spooks and chuggers for topwater.

I'm going to experiment with hair jigs and buzzbaits this year.
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Smallmouth River Fishing 5 years 7 months ago #7


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tlashley wrote:
Im usually on smaller rivers like the illinois

I fish the Illinois right outside of Tahlequah, OK. quite a bit. Usually get some good bites on the YUM Woolly Hawg Tail, or the Zoom Baby Brush Hog. Tubes work well also.
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Smallmouth River Fishing 5 years 7 months ago #8


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I'm sold on Berkley "Gulp" products (minnows, grubs and leeches) when it comes to river Smallmouth. That and the lightest jig I can effectively fish with (1/8=1/4 ounce works for me). Rivers are typically -not- the place for "Four-Ought" hooks and 1 once jig heads....IMHO
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Smallmouth River Fishing 5 years 7 months ago #9


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I do not fish rivers and am very far away from where you're at, but here in manitoba, canada, the murky water smallies can't resist a 5" yum dinger on a small circle hook rigged wacky style. I find that in clear water, a finesse work works better. I have much more luck on the natural or dark colours, like smoke red pepper, watermelon red flake and black and blue. The bright colours like ping and white don't get the job done as well.
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Re:Smallmouth River Fishing 5 years 7 months ago #10


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Watermelon tube with jig inside. That and rooster tails!
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