Yesterday morning, I woke up at 5:30 am to hit the river with my buddy and fellow Paddle N Fin host, Justin Marshall.The trip started off with a very cool evening with water temps in the low 70s. just last Wednesday evening, the river water temps were 77 degrees, so I was surprised when I saw such low temps but I’m not complaining! I love cooler weather.
We paddled upstream from our put in and started fishing downstream. Within in the first hour, I had 4 fish on my line, 2 of which snapped my line pulling under my kayak but was my fault because I haven’t retied a new leader on it a while. I got a look at the first smallmouth I lost, and I estimated it to be around 18'‘. The second smallmouth that i lost in the same spot 5 minutes after the first one, I estimated to be around the 16’-17’ range. I wasn’t a happy camper to start the day off but it got better. I ended up retying a whole new leader while on the water. Not ideal, but it had to be done.
Shortly after, We had 2 other kayak fisherman around us as we were fishing and they saw me pull 2 more fish out right in front of them. It was awesome. One of those fish were a spotted bass that came from behind a log in current. The funny part was when I casted, I casted the lure over this log on accident and immediately when it hit the water, the fish hit the lure so I had to drag this fish over the log and fight this fish. It was interesting to say the least. The other fish i caught shortly after that, I caught right next to a fellow wade fishing.
There was one set of fast moving riffles in the 1-3ft range that I pulled out 4 quick ones around the 13” range. Also had numerous small bites which I believed to be either small smallmouth or rock bass.
We caught smallmouth, rock bass, spotted bass, and saugeye. Most fish came out of quick moving current or tail end of pools. The tail end of pools are where the water starts to deepen and not move nearly as fast as the quick shallow current. Up against rip rap around 3-6 ft deep seemed to be productive as well. I ended up throwing the black and blue Zman TRD all day long. Had a couple misses on topwater, but they didn’t fully commit.
Overall, this was a fun trip, nothing of size, but man we had the numbers. Between the 2 of us, we had almost 40 fish combined. We spent probably 11 hours on the water and floating around 6 hours. At the end of the day, the river water temps hit around 75 degrees. With all these cool evenings and nights, the fishing should be getting better and better.