Christopher Smith

Smallmouth Fishing Report 7.20.2012

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In today’s edition of the Smallmouth Fishing Report, we examine fishing conditions in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Connecticut, Virginia and Oklahoma.

Smallmouth fishing report, July 20, 2012

Eastern Pennsylvania Smallmouth Report

Lehigh River – Willie says the Lehigh River has been OK for smallmouth bass, rock bass and bluegills.

Delaware River – Smallmouth in the Delaware are getting 4-6 in a trip, but they’re quality at 14-18 inches. Source

Tennessee Smallmouth Report

Norris Lake – Moderate. On the bottom at 20 to 30-feet on the points and mid-lake humps. Early morning topwater catches have been good, but the fish have not made the 20-inch minimum size limit. Cloudy days have seen some caught near the bottom as shallow as 10 to 15-feet on Brush Hogs, Gitzits, and pig’n jigs. Most productive lures: 3/8 oz hair jig, or popeye jigs, tipped with a minnow, and Carolina-rigged plastic lizards. Nighttime fishing saw some hit slow-rolled spinners on moderately sloped, rocky bank and points. Large, broken rock points, rocky, main channel shorelines, and the sides of mid-channel humps. Please look at the regulation change reminder, below. The one-fish, minimum 20-inch length limit is now in effect: Source

Connecticut Smallmouth Report

River smallies are active and crazy right now with good reports from the Housatonic River (upper river), Farmington River (Simsbury/Tariffville), Naugatuck River and lower Rainbow Reservoir. Lakes and ponds reporting some action include Coventry Lake, Colebrook Reservoir, Highland Lake, Squantz Pond, Candlewood Lake (good, find them on the humps), Bantam Lake and Mashapaug Lake. Tournament angler reports are from Lake Zoar (fair), Lake Lillinonah (fair) and Candlewood Lake (good, but not many over 3 lbs last week). Source

Virginia Smallmouth Report

 Smallmouth are dominating because, while other species tend to get a little grumpy during summer’s dog days, smallmouths still like to play. That’s one reason we love them.

You’re probably not going to catch a 6- or 7-pounder in July or August. But a day on the James River or the New River will produce good action for fish in the 9- to 13-inch range, and you might have a few 2- to 3-pounders thrown in there for good measure.

Tubes, grubs and topwater plugs are all producing decent smallmouth action on the New and James rivers. The best way to ensure steady action is to fish with live hellgrammites. They aren’t easy to catch or cheap ($8.50/dozen at H&H Outdoors in Buchanan), but they are as close to a sure thing as there is in fishing.  Source

Oklahoma Smallmouth Report

Hefner Lake – Smallmouth bass slow on deep diving crankbaits and jigs at 8-15 ft. along rocky shorelines.

Texoma Lake – Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on plastic combination baits, crankbaits and surface lures at 5-15 ft. in the creeks.  Source

And from our readers at our Facebook page:

Ohio Smallmouth Report

The Great Miami River in Middletown Ohio, I’m using a 3″in Strike King Pro Model tube in a green pumpkin color and a Rebel popper and I’ve been slaying the smallies! Fishing at the end of the rip rap sections and behind current breaks.  Source

More Virginia Smallmouth

Virginia SM report sounds accurate, but senko worms seem to beat out anything right now. When its a little bit murky chartreuse helps them find the bait. Unfortunately good bass above 13″ are pretty rare in the New River especially above claytor lake dam. Here’s more from VDGIF: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/forecasts-and-reports/smallmouth-bass-river-fishing-forecast/   Source

 As can be seen with the smallmouth fishing report for the week of July 20, 2012, anglers are finding a full summer pattern right now with smallmouths shallow early and late in the day on lakes, deep or not biting during the day and in rivers, we see smaller fish dominating but still very active and feeding.

If you would like to report your own results for this week, please comment below.

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