Discussion in 'Warm Water Species' started by Jason Wood, Oct 17, 2008.
well its 12°*and I won't be seriously fishing for at least 7 months
Being from Oklahoma, I am extremely obseessed with all forms of bass!!! Largemouth, bronzebacks, stripers, rock, sand, or hybrids-I just don't care. Haven't really gotten to fly fish for them much (I only recently switched to fly fishing), but back home it is the ONLY thing to fish for! Well, I guess kids fish for perch and blue gills, and the old and lazy go after crappie and catfish, but the hard chargers go after good old bass. The last couple of years I have been so caught up in trout and salmon, I hadn't spent much time chassing old bronzebacks. That will have to change this spring since I have almost finished building my new 6 wt. Now if only I knew of somewhere close to Yelm to find 'em...
To all the guys that have or do fish smallies in WA, what is the water temp you are looking for to start the season? This is a late spring for you guys so is the season getting pushed back?
Hey, don't spread the word about shoal bass, they are the greatest of the whole bunch. I might want to go back down there and fish'em. The Flint River was a blast to float, fish and camp when I was at Auburn. We would set limb lines for catfish dinner and c/r the Shoal bass. Saw a guy, fishing on the bank, hook a BIG flathead cat on a Zebco 33. The line started to sing and then that fish just "drove off". Burnt up that reel, too.
i start fishing for them when the water temp gets to around 50 to 55 degrees. Potholes res has to be my favorite place for largemouth and smallmouth hands down. sinking line for the smallies with any minnow pattern. strip and hold on! they fight harder than any trout in my opinion.
"To all the guys that have or do fish smallies in WA, what is the water temp you are looking for to start the season?"
We caught 35 Largemouth last April 7th in 48 degree water out in the basin. BIG skirted flies with plenty of weight. One went 6lbs as I recall.
Look at Mardon's website and you'll see Mike holding one caught on a spinner bait recently....
I can't wait to fish for bass this spring!! I have fished for them with my spinnin gear but this will be the first I fish for them with a fly rod. It really needs to warm up a little though.
The wealth of knowledge in the statement is truely underrated. The yak is at best good, especially when you see what the snake and the tribs can produce. Duff, I used to go to WSU and every spring we would make 3 trips down the the snake and the "trib" before we had to go home for summer. Had some truely awesome days.
Well, I'm going to stick my oar into these smallmouth-happy waters....
I, too, love smallmouth, especially on the Columbia River. This river is crammed full of smallmouth -- I even wrote about the spring fly fishing for smallmouth on my blog this morning.
I suspect that the Columbia and tribs -- especially Yakima and John Day -- have the best smallmouth bass fishing in the country right now. I spent some time fishing Virginia smallmouth rivers two summers ago, and they were good -- but no comparison to the Columbia!
I have had many mornings with fish on consecutive casts during the spring -- and also fishing early in the morning during the summer and early fall.
Best of all, smallmouth hammer salmon smolts, so I never feel guilty about whomping on these introduced fish. I eat smallmouth about twice a month -- which is about as much as anyone should eat in the Northwest.
Most of my fishing is from the rocky banks while on foot. Where do I fish? It's easy to get access, and lots of state parks in Oregon and Washington are on the Columbia.
I've caught tons of smallies from marinas and even near boat ramps.
I spend most of my weekends in Hood River, so I get lots of shots at smallmouth bass.
I used to live in Omak and with a light spin rod and white grub I would hammer the smallies for hours on those hot summer evenings in the Okanogan right in town.
There are smallies here in the Columbia around Wenatchee but I haven't found just where and if I do I'm not telling.
Smallies rock, I have yet to catch one on a fly rod, the time will come.
are there smallmouths in any northern westside lakes? i have caught a few in black lake near olympia but havent run across any since i moved north.
I live a stones throw from the lower Yakima where it meets the Columbia River and it is good spring and early summer after that the Columbia, Snake and all areas around rocky shoals are where it's easiest to find the little bronzebacks. In the Yakima save yourself some frustration and money just bring along a handful of weighted black, brown and olive wooley buggers, and dredge the bottom on the breaks, they be there.
I'll drive 500-miles any time to fish for smallmouth bass... just love floating the rocky rivers.
I've had good results this year fishing from my "toon" in Banks Lake. There are lots of sheltered areas where the power boats won't run you down. The best results were on a Crawdad pattern fished on a type 4 sinking line. Fish from daybreak until about noon for smallies (with a few crappie thrown in), then switch to shore fishing for carp. A summer's day can't get much better than that.
whats better then bass tho...walleye!!!