Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 3.14.17
What a great weekend we have coming. I hope you are able to get out fishing and have some relaxing time with the family for Easter.
I cannot decide which is better right now, the great smallmouth bite, or the hendrickson hatch on the Mad River? Very tough for me, maybe easier for others. But either way the fishing around the local area is heating up. We should actually should have some initial reports about the White Bass run very shortly. Some anglers are starting to hook a few in the lake.
The local smallmouth is hot. Not in numbers, but great in size. Most of the larger fish are feeding up on baitfish to get ready for the spawn. The team and I are throwing larger flies with full sinking lines and have great success. Olive, white, tan, black, and chartreuse. The full sinking lines are really helping the strong bite as the bass are still near the bottom and not chasing around on top. Most of the rivers including the lower Mad River, Great Miami, Little Miami, Twin Creek, and the Stillwater should be prime this weekend. Each river will have a little different clarity condition and I would match specific colors to clarity; white, black, olive for (clearer or sub-prime conditions) and chartreuse, yellow, black, and red for (dirtier conditions).
If you do not have the time to hit the river, largemouth are creeping up into the shallows to get the nest going. Due to the warmer weather, we may see the spawn happen a little earlier in the lakes and ponds than the rivers. The team and I have hit a couple local ponds after works. Leech patterns and heavier weighted flies are exciting the pre-spawn largemouth near shore.
Good luck and I hope all have a great Easter. If you are near the shop, stop by we will be open 12-5 on Sat.
Shout Out to my bud Jay! What a gorgeous Great Miami Smallmouth!