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About 8 am, I was fully dressed for work in my honda civic and almost made it out of the neighborhood. That little voice in my head was telling me to turnaround, load my canoe, and hit the river!

A brief conversation with my "consultant" about yesterday's rain and impending flows pushed me over the edge. Shot a text to my boss and headed back to the house. In 30 minutes I was loaded and headed west to enjoy a nice day of solitude on the local flow.

I stopped by a bridge access on my way out to confirm the river conditions ... low and clear! Shortly after, I arrived at my launch spot. This section has produced for me before under similar water conditions (~2 ft visibility and low 50s water temp). I pushed off around 10 am and headed upriver with gusty winds out of the SSW (mostly upstream).



I failed to take two items today, my thermometer and my measuring board. I also forgot my camera, but the cell phone works fine for pics. I did, however, remember to bring a spinnerbait ...

Started off switching between the spinnerbait and a jig. About 45 minutes in, I found the slower deeper water and this was my first victim ...



From there the bass were surprisingly easy to find. Locate the slowest deepest water near the bank and the fish were hiding behind/on wood or right on the bank. It got to where I would anticipate a strike as the spinnerbait rolled and fell over the logs. I caught over 20 keeper bass on this pattern with the spinnerbait (1/2 oz booyah white/chartreuse). These were all very solid fish, all over 2 lbs. I got 4 at 4+ lbs, best 3 would have pushed 60". Biggest was around 6 lbs. I caught 3 in a row in one 20 ft stretch, right on the bank. Also caught another 6 or so dink bass trolling crappie jigs and rapalas. It was an exceptional day for bass.









I spent an hour or so casting for crappie and ended up getting two big enough to filet, so they went home with me.



Made it back to the launch around 3 pm, lugged the gear back up to the car and headed home. Couldn't have been happier with my decision to take vacation and fish today. It was a beautiful day and the fishing was hot!

 

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I wear it pretty regular now. Definitely when the water drops below ~65 or so. About 30 minutes in, I almost bit it while crossing the only swift water I encountered. Got broadside unintentionally ... would have ruined my day.

You gotta try it down there in Nov/Dec.
 

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ND, your memory must be off. Though Mack may laugh to hear this (somehow he'll laugh without smiling), I am completely sure that every time I have been fishing with you, you have caught fish.

Not up there that I recall. He was just down from where we got out and waded that big pool. I do think we once floated through that stretch from way upstream on the way down to the usual put in and caught a few, but that was years ago. I think it's a gar hole myself but he caught even more hawgs up there last December than this time with the same pattern. Beats me how he does it.
 

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ND, I've never put in and floated down to the place where I lost my keys and found your glasses. I paddled up that way by myself once, and you and I may have paddled up a little as well as down and back once, but I stand by my recollection that you have never failed to catch fish when we have gone. The least you ever caught was the October day when we fished the pretty river on an October day when your waders were too warm and I had to drag you to the end. You caught two or three that day, and I only caught one, which is a pretty normal ratio for us. Don't mean to hijack FW's thread. He really does amaze me.
 

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He amazed me one time he threw my 158 Disco over his head and walked up a 45 degree incline for 150 yards in 101 degree heat at the same spot.
 
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