Category Archives: Smallmouth Fishing

The New River

I just got back from a 2 day fishing trip on the New River. I went with 7 great friends. We had a great time. Each day was different. Our first day was cloudy with a couple of rain showers. The second was clear and blue bird skies. The first day the water level was about normal for this time of year with it being a little dingy. The second day the water was up over 1000 cfs and much clearer. We were mainly using crankbaits, but there were a few fish caught on topwater.  To be honest we had good fishing. We should have had great fishing but the fish were slapping at our lures and we loss 3 to 4 times more fish than we boated. Each of the 4 boats boated over 100 fish for the trip. Our biggest was a 19 incher caught on a buzzbait. For the most part the fish were running a little smaller that in the past. Most of the fish were in the 8 to 14 inch range. My biggest was a 17.5 incher. The bad news is my friend and outfitter will be closing his business in September. I am hoping one of the boat guides will take over the business. All I have to say if you ever get the chance to fish the New River DO IT. It has to be one of the best Smallmouth fishery’s in the country. The river is beautiful, running the rapids is unbelievable. Our guides

sure know how to control their boats. The first time you go down some of the high class 3 rapids with roller of 3 to 4 feet it will be exciting plus you will be a little puckered. All I can say is the scenery is worth the trip and the fishing is a super bonus. Thanks to Parker (My fishing partner) Robby, Coby, Tim, Sabina, Aaron and David (a great nephew). I just hope we can do it again. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Stoner Creek/Strode Creek

Robby and I went down to Fryman’s. The water was at the normal level for this time of year. The water looks muddy, but it is due to a brown algae bloom. We went up into Strode creek. I caught a couple of good fish on a 3 inch craw. I also threw a buzzbait and caught another couple of fish. We started crankbaiting. I caught about 4 dink Smallies.  To be honest the fish were not biting. We ended up only catching about 12 fish. The largemouths we were catching were nice fish. I decided to make a change. We left Strode Creek and we went all the way up Stoner to the Mill Dam. There were a lot of weeds in the area. I started throwing a buzzbait and I would catch an occasional nice Largemouth. We tried frogs around the weeds and logs. We had several hits, but we never hooked a fish. We fished all the way back down to Strode Creek. The only thing we caught a fish on was a Buzzbait. I finished the day with only 19 Bass. 10 were caught on a Buzzbait and all were nice 1.5 to 2.5 lb. I believe this cool front screwed every thing up. I sure hope things improve. Robby finished the day with only 5 fish, but no dinks like I had.  Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Elkhorn Creek

I went down to Elkhorn today with 2 beautiful young ladies. To be honest that was the high light of the day. We fished from Knight’s Bridge down to Canoe Ky. The water was clear and 92 degrees. (bath water) The fishing was hard. We tried about every thing and we just couldn’t get them to hit much. With the clear water we saw all kinds of fish. They just wasn’t interested. I believe we got more hits on mini flukes. The fish would hit and just grab the tails. We missed so many fish it wasn’t funny. We tried different colors, no improvement.  We did catch a few fish on shallow crankbaits. You couldn’t let your lures run to deep or you would pickup moss or get hung up. The greats moment was Sabrina caught a fish on a crankbait.  It jumped and one of the hooks got hung in a cord on the front of her yak. I was working myself a round her yak when she leaned too far over the side to see what it was hooked on. I grabbed her yak to help and she almost took me with her as she went in.  She loss her rod for a minute or two. When she recovered it. It still had the fish on. She said it felt good. We didn’t catch any big fish. Most were dinks. Our largest was 12-13 inches. We saw plenty of big fish they just wouldn’t hit. This was Kendell’s first time fishing from a yak and casting on her own. I was very impressed. She didn’t catch very many trees and only broke off one time.  I look forward to another trip with the ladies.  It was a beautiful day to be on the creek, I just wish the fish were biting. We finished the day with Sabrina boating 8, Kendell boated 7 and I boated 22. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

ps. Sabrina has some pictures and I will post them when I get them.

Stoner Creek

I know that everybody must think that I am only fishing Stoner Creek this year. Elkhorn is still to high to fish the way I like to fish it. The  wind was blowing to hard for me to go to Taylorsville Lake. I decided to go to Stoner Creek. I put in at a friends farm. I just built some new tandem bladed buzzbaits I want to give a try.  I have to say I had a great but terrible day. I did catch fish on my new buzzbaits. For some reason I hooked the biggest bass I have every hooked in Stoner, but I loss I know 3 times as many as I boated. I boated about 8 bass on my buzzbaits and Loss 20 to 25. I trimmed the skirt shorter that didn’t help. I added a stinger hook and that didn’t help either. I believe the fish were just slapping at the buzzbaits. When I was in shallow water I caught some on a small silver and black stickbait. In deeper water I used a chrome deep diving crankbait that went down 4 to 5 feet. After throwing a buzzbait over laydowns I would use a 3 inch craw.  I caught fish on everything I used. I loss count of bass 2.5 lbs or bigger I hooked that got off. The water was so clear I could see down about 3 to 4 feet which let me see the fish I was losing. I finished the day with only 37 fish, but 12 were 2.5 to 4 lbs. My biggest was caught on a craw. It may have been bigger than 4 lbs. I couldn’t

weight them because the battery died in my scales. Along with these pictures I should have a video of some of my big fish I caught or missed. It will be on YouTube later. The fish are active, so you need to get on the water. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Stoner Creek

To be honest I wanted to go anywhere but Stoner Creek. I couldn’t go to Elkhorn the Flow is way to high. I thought about Taylorsville but they have pulled the plug on it and they are dropping it over a foot a day. The

wind would have been very bad there also.  So Stoner it was. The good news is I met the guy who burned my carpet and he paid me for the damage. The water was up 3 to 4 inches with good current. The water was still a little murky but you could see down a foot to a foot and a half. I started with a 3 inch craw and caught a couple of decent fish on it. I went to a silver crankbait that would dive to about 4 feet. I caught several on it.  When I got into shallower water I went to a silver and black stickbait. I started getting a lot of hits with it. The largemouths were on wood near current. The Smallies were scattered. It seemed that I caught 2 sizes of fish, very small dinks and keepers or bigger. I loss a lot of fish today for some reason. I would have had a great day if I could have boated half of the fish I loss. Twice I hooked two fish on the same lure. The first broke one of my treble hooks. The second time was unbelievable. I hooked a fish that was about a pound and a half and a second fish came up and hit the lure with the fish on it. The second fish was 3 lbs or better. Try to land close to 5 lbs of fish at the same time. The larger fish final got off. I was fun while it lasted. The fish may be finally starting to school. I caught 3 to 6 fish in the same area a few times. I finished the day with 71. The smallies were running very small. I only caught 2 or 3 that were decent. My biggest fish landed was on a buzzbait beside a log in the middle of the creek. The fish are biting, you need to get out there. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Stoner Creek

I know we all have one of those days we just should have stayed in bed. Today was one of those for me. I got up and decided to run down to Fryman’s. I wanted to fish Elkhorn but the flow is still higher than I like. Just as I was about to leave the phone rings. I normally don’t answer but I was waiting on a call from an Insurance agent. It was my sister-n-law crying because her vehicle needed a jump. I go and jump her car and I decide to check the gas in the boat. Guess what it was about empty. Now I have to stop and get gas. I am trying to hurry because the storms are coming. I finally get to Fryman’s and Lindsay ask me for advice on a couple of issues. I finally launch the boat and up the creek I go. I decide to go up Strode Creek  because there is less moss on the water. When I finally get close to where I usually start fishing there is a boat with 2 guys in it fishing.  I decide to go pass them and go further up the creek so as to not bother them. When I started pass they just stayed in the middle of the creek causing me to have to pass very close to them. I say something to them and no response. I say something else and one kind of grunts something back. The guy in the back of the boat never said anything and is smoking a cigarette. I very slowly motor pass and go a good 3 to 4 hundred yard before I turn the motor off. When I do I find the guy with the cigarette has flicked it into my boat and it has burned a hole in my new carpet. I now see RED.  I look back at them and here they come as fast as their trolling motor will go so they can pass me. When they start to pass I confront them about the burn. We get into a discussion and they kind of admit it was their cigarette.  They leave. I get my phone and call Lindsey to see if she has their information. Apparently they hear me and come back and apologize. They are suppose to call me to pay for the damage. I’m not going to hold my breath. I will probably have to take them to Small Claims Ct. Now to fishing I only caught 17 Bass 5 or 6 were keepers, several were dinks. It stared to thunder and rain. Being so upset I decided to call it a day. I caught my fish on a shallow blue and white stickbait. I hope by the next post I will  have calmed down till then hope to see you on the water.

 

ps Sorry for the venting.

 

 

 

Strode Creek Fishing

I had wanted to give Taylorsville Lake a try, but my fishing partner wasn’t feeling good and a small emergency at home delayed me. I decided to make a late trip down to Fryman’s. The Creeks were up 4 to 5 inches with current. The water was murky but clearing. I went up Stoner and saw that Strode Creek was a little clearer and didn’t have much Duckweed on it. Apparently they had some bad storms. Strode creek had a number of trees down in the water and it made it difficult to get up. About 2.5 miles up the creek there are 2 trees down that are completely blocking it and I had to turn around. If all the rain that we are suppose to get doesn’t wash them out I will have to make sure to take a saw with me. They are blocking a part of the creek I love to fish and usually have great luck. The fish were in shallow water just on the edge of the current in the shade because of the bright sun. I never found any schools which I thought they should be doing by now. The fish came in basically two sizes. Dinks and keepers. I didn’t boat any fish over about 2.5 lbs but of course loss a couple of much bigger fish. They were hitting on a chrome stickbait that only went down maybe 3 feet on a long cast. I didn’t have a great day which I should have. Because I got there late I was fishing behind 2 boats that had gotten there first. Since the creek is small I believe the boat traffic does bother the fish some. I finished the day with only 55 bass. The surprise was I didn’t catch that  many Smallmouths, but I did boat one nice one. If we get all the rain they are saying we are going to get it will be a while before we will be able to get on the water. I did remember to take my GoPro and I have uploaded a video of my day on YouTube. If you are bored with all the rain give it a look.. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.