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Update.

Guys, thanks for the suggestions. I ended up catching quite a few smallmouth with small crankbaits. The water was clear on Friday, but tuned to chocolate milk by Saturday.

The fish were all caught behind the big rocks in the middle of the river. Where the eddies began to come back toward the rock is where they were hanging out.


THANKS!....all were released.





Hey gang,

Not asking about your favorite fishing holes, but I will be fishing the stretch from Rockford to Donnaha on Wednesday.


Anything you like the best/least?

Yum Crawbug? Do you drop them behind the riffle or let the current take them into the deeper water?
Plastic worm.....if so, jig, drop shot or carolina?
Rooster tail?
Plastic lizard?


I am getting a lot better at spin fishing, lately. I have always enjoyed fly fishing better on these rivers for bass, but am now trying to get more practice on the spin reel.

TIA.
 

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I've had luck with the Yadkin bass on pumpkin speed craws lately. Rig them weedless and throw them right in to any laydown or current break. Just bounce it around a little. We caught a few on chartreuse and white plastics today, but they seemed to ignore any bait over 3 inches or so.

I think topwater is heating up for some guys but I'm still learning.

Rockford to Donnaha is over 18 miles, are you camping out and doing two days?
 

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http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?02112250

Keep an eye on this gauge from now until when you go. If it stays where it is right now that water will be low and pretty clear. I've waded around Shoals relatively easily at about 1100 cfs.

There are smallmouth in this stretch. I've only been a few times but I hear more spotted bass than anything, followed by the smallmouth.
 

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http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?02112250

Keep an eye on this gauge from now until when you go. If it stays where it is right now that water will be low and pretty clear. I've waded around Shoals relatively easily at about 1100 cfs.

There are smallmouth in this stretch. I've only been a few times but I hear more spotted bass than anything, followed by the smallmouth.



Which lures lures to use ?
 

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There's a camping spot just downstream of park put in river right. Check with park HQ That would break the float nicely into two days. River will be muddy or stained unless there is no rain in the drainage for several days at minimum. Gauge is looking favorable though. That's why I rarely try to arrange this trip---you almost have to pray for drought to fish it. Most anything will work lure wise. Smallies are likely to be on beds there this week.
 

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There's a camping spot just downstream of park put in river right. Check with park HQ That would break the float nicely into two days. River will be muddy or stained unless there is no rain in the drainage for several days at minimum. Gauge is looking favorable though. That's why I rarely try to arrange this trip---you almost have to pray for drought to fish it. Most anything will work lure wise. Smallies are likely to be on beds there this week.
Drought is eminent. Water is fairly clear with little rain in the forecast for the next several weeks. Hadn't had decent rainfall in Elkin since April.
 

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Water was slightly stained up that way Friday, but about as good as you can hope for this time of year. I was fly fishing, so I can't help too much on the baits but the fish I caught were on a dark (olive, black, and brown) articulated streamer, and a shad imitation in 1/0.
 

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Update.

Guys, thanks for the suggestions. I ended up catching quite a few smallmouth with small crankbaits. The water was clear on Friday, but tuned to chocolate milk by Saturday.

The fish were all caught behind the big rocks in the middle of the river. Where the eddies began to come back toward the rock is where they were hanging out.


THANKS!
 
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