Christopher Smith

Smallmouth Fishing Report 9.20.2012

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imag0153We are moving into fall and the nights are cooler.  I thought I’d give the smallmouth fishing report for September 20th, 2012 and see what trends we can identify throughout the country.

Smallmouth Fishing Report 9.20.12

Tennessee smallies

Dale Hollow – Smallmouth bass bite has picked up. Many are being caught on jigs, crank baits and soft plastics.

Kentucky Lake – Smallmouth are striking small jigs and soft plastics in deep water.

Normandy – Smallmouth bass bite is best in at least 15 feet of water on swim baits and jigs.

Tims Ford – Smallmouth bass bite is very good on jigs and soft plastics.  Source

Cherokee – Smallmouth Bass: Good. Cooler water is bringing fish in shallow at night. Carolina or Texas-rigs, jigs and swim-baits are popular. Watermelon and pumpkin are popular colors for baby brush-hogs and beavers. Plum and red have been popular colors for worms. Long-lining deep diving crank-baits are still producing fish off of the tops of deep humps and the tips of long points.

Fort Loudon/Telerico – Smallmouth Bass: Improving. Crank-baits in shad colors are popular as are Carolina-rigs with watermelon or green pumpkin brush-hogs.

Norris – Smallmouth Bass: Fair. The bite has improved slightly. Fish are being found on early and late in the day and on cloudy days as shallow as 15 feet. Larger fish continue to be found 20-30 feet deep on points and humps and 25-45 feet deep mid-channel under schools of shad. Foot-ball head jigs, sliders and soft plastics like baby brush-hogs, beavers, lizards or worms on Carolina or Texas-rigs are catching fish near the bottom and swim-baits, Rat’l-Traps and crank-baits are finding suspended fish. Red-bug, watermelon and pumpkin continue to be popular colors for plastics. Hair jigs tipped with minnows or shiners always seem to catch fish.   Source

Illinois smallies

Kankakee – River needs water. Ed Mullady reported best smallmouth where fast water flows near quieter water. Good catfish in both states. Norm Minas did best for smallmouth working pipeline areas or those with large rocks and/or boulders with rattle-baits or crankbaits.   Source

Utah smallies

Lake Powell – Lake Powell is really taking off right now and might just provide you some of the best fishing of the year for striped bass, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. You might even catch some walleye.  Source 

Pennsylvania smallies

The Chemung and the Susquehanna fished a little slower this week. Not much to report on what was the “hot” lure. A little of everything seemed to work during this transitional phase between summer dog days and the cooler fall. A myriad of impressionistic lures caught fish such as spinnerbaits, jigs, cranks, soft plastics, and the occasional topwater lure. On the other hand, live bait anglers had a banner week! Medium sized shiners and fatheads worked well for smallmouth, rockbass, walleyes, and pike. A few better walleyes up to twenty-four inches were reported, but mostly eight to twelve inches were caught. Flyfishing was the old adage; “quantity over quality” this week. Most fish were at the foot long measurement albeit plentiful. Larger streamers worked exceptionally well and in particular, three flies of my own design: A size 2/0 Bolivian Chickenbat in Rusty Brown, a size 2 Olive and Black Ankopeas’ Bugger, and a size 2 Black Emerson Hough Bucktail.  Source

The smallmouth bass fishing report for the week of 9.20.12 is showing that the smallmouth bass are in their transitional phase before the fall feast.  You will probably need to cycle through several baits and locations to find them right now.  The patterns will probably change from one day to the next so stay sharp.

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