If it isn't a big deal, then it must be a smallie deal
Post By: Swampy13 Posted: 2/28/2019 6:03:05 PMPoints: 82
Pathway and I decided to give our crappie addiction a break. So we headed out today in hopes of getting into some SMB and maybe even some pike. We arrived a tad late as it was already light out. We had one tip up out all day and a second one for the better part of the day. Not even one flag went up. The SMB bite was somewhat steady all day, if you consider one every 30 minutes or so as steady. We caught 12 in all, from 14" up to 19". Pathway caught three nice ones. A 17" 2# 14 oz, an 18" 3# 6oz and another one we didn't get a tape or scale on. I caught one very nice one, a PB for me. 19" 3# 11 oz. Weather wise, it was great day to be out on the ice.
I hate to reveal too much information but here is the general info on winter smallmouth. When the ice first forms smallies are generally 35 to 50 feet deep. They gradually move up in depth as the season moves on and by the time the ice comes off are 12 to 15 feet deep. Small tubes work but you can't be aggressive.
Sounds almost identical to perch however, I have never caught an incidental smallie while perch fishing. I kind of moved away from perch fishing, though, since they usually now seem to be either too few or too dinky in the GJ area.
Weíve done well on tip-ups with chubs and minnows for smallies, but only on one lake in South Dakota. Had about 10-15 in an afternoon. Had one on a rattlebait, too. We knew exactly where they were, thatís most of the battle Iíve found anyway.
Reply by: Fishneveryweek Posted: 3/4/2019 10:36:12 AM Points: 36
I used to catch lots of nice big ones trolling Rapalas and Mepps Spinners in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Northeastern Minnesota about 50 + years ago. Also on worms. They were all over the 9 mile long lake where there were lots of rocks on the bottom. But no one I ever heard of caught any through the ice. Then, again, at that time most people only targeted trout and walleyes.
Of course, here in Western Colorado we are not allowed to use live minnows for bait. And the frozen ones in Sportsman's Warehouse are so very, very dead and shriveled up, I can't imagine a smallie giving them a second look.
Woow! have to change the subject - we just had an earthquake: about 10:23 AM in GJ. dam that fracking injection! Felt like about a 4.5 on the Richter scale! I experienced a 7.0 in the Bay Area which killed 50 some people.
The earthquake was centered Northeast of Dove Creek near Paradox, which is a geologically active area. No drilling in that area that I am aware of. It's not fracking but deep well water injection that can increase movement along faults.
Actually, according to the Sentinel and the USGS, it was centered near Montrose. The USGS originally called it a 5.3, but, upon revising its data, settled on 4.5 - exactly what I estimated at the time of the earthquake, as documented in my last post, above.
Oh, and according to Google News, the specific location was Bedrock in the Paradox Valley - right where there is an a brine injection well that injects the brine down 16,000 feet! Because of the injection well, there was a geologic monitoring site right there.
The Dolores river has a naturally high salinity that is being controlled by pumping out ground water near the river. That water is the injected into a deep formation a few miles away. Before the project the Colorado river had salinity issues that were so bad that the water would kill crops.