Smallmouth Fishing Report for June 16, 2017.
The earlier rains of the week have swollen many of our smallmouth rivers. However, the good news is that a couple rivers and creeks are falling in shape north of Dayton. The Stillwater, Little Miami, and Mad River should be in a halfway decent shape by late Saturday afternoon. For the southern anglers, the waters may be a bit too high and may need to drive more north. This may be a great weekend to explore main tributaries off these major rivers and fish around the mouths!
Lately the bite has been really good in the morning/early afternoon, and especially well at dusk. My team and I are mostly fishing crawfish, leeches, or anything with weight along the bottom in the morning/afternoon. The evening time has been excellent for surface/subsurface flies.
- Crawfish Patterns: Meat Whistle, Bunny Busters, Whitlock craw, Schultzy Craw, or anything with rabbit hare and lead/ tungsten head
- Top water: Zoo cougars, deer hair poppers, gurglers, and other frog patterns.
Structure is always the key and I would devote more time around vegetation in the evening time as the baitfish find cover. The bass will hold extremely tight to the bank with the correct amount of depth (3-4ft) and cover. We have also been fairly consistent along seams of riffles for smaller bass.
The upcoming week looks great. As the air/water temp increases, the bass bite will only continue to get better!
Good Luck this weekend!