Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report for April 21, 2017
The storm has passed through the region and we are on to clearer skies. The rains gave some streams a slight bump in water, but most are constant and received less rain that predicted. Look for the next 5-6 days to be fishing extremely well.
The smallies in the rivers and the largemouth around the ponds are getting deeper into the spawn mode. Fish are shallow and keep the streamer on the bottom will increase your hookup ratio. Sooner or later this bite may reduce, but as of right now, we are in the zone.This is a great time of year to be using clouser patterns or streamers with weight in the top portion of the hook. We are not really been having luck on the surface, but you should try a pattern or two to test the bite. Sneaky Pete??
Majority of the flies have been colored olive, white, and black. Brown has been extremely effective on the lakes and ponds and if you can include any yellow or orange legs on the flies, this should help the bite. Look for patterns also like autumn splendors, conehead buggers, or clousers to be the go to fly with this.
For river smallies, the articulated flies on intermediate fly lines is the key. The intermediate or slime line allows the fly underneath the surface and consistently in the strike zone. Most of the flies in shop including the swinging d, meat whistle, zoo cougar, grumpy muppet, viking midge, murdich minnow, and larger clousers are the top producers. Don’t forget to tie on some fluorocarbon leaders. Keep it stealthy as much as possible.
Good luck on the rivers. All should be fishing just fine this weekend including the Great Miami, Little Miami, Twin Creek, Stillwater, and the Mad River.