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Fish: Smallmouth Bass

If it isn't a big deal, then it must be a smallie deal

Post By: Swampy13      Posted: 2/28/2019 6:03:05 PM     Points: 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.
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: 2/28/2019 7:08:32 PM     Points: 165    
Nice smallies!
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 2/28/2019 7:46:33 PM     Points: 2349    
Nice fish...well done!
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 2/28/2019 7:51:02 PM     Points: 313    
You two are on a roll! Well done, Again!
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: 2/28/2019 9:38:38 PM     Points: 1803    
That is a heck of a day! Nice smallies
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/1/2019 6:36:36 AM     Points: 21397    
Every 30 min would be a pretty decent day for slimers, but for SMB? Yeah... that's steady! Looks like you have them dialed in!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 3/1/2019 7:21:38 AM     Points: 14220    
Those are some beauties, congratulations on the PB.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 3/1/2019 7:27:48 PM     Points: 253    
Sweet Smallies! 🎣 Great job guys! 👍
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 3/2/2019 2:40:10 AM     Points: 1566    
Those are some nice looking smallies, good job.
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: 3/2/2019 10:52:04 AM     Points: 36    
What lure/ bait did you use? How deep was the water? How far from the surface/ bottom?
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 3/2/2019 3:51:19 PM     Points: 534    
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.
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: 3/3/2019 12:12:34 PM     Points: 36    
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.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 3/3/2019 12:22:08 PM     Points: 1326    
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.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 3/4/2019 12:26:30 PM     Points: 534    
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.
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: 3/5/2019 3:23:50 PM     Points: 36    
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.
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: 3/5/2019 3:35:10 PM     Points: 36    
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.
 Reply by: nevskunked      Posted: 3/5/2019 4:54:01 PM     Points: 850    
Those are all Nice SMB, good fishing. As far as the brine injection... wow must be full now. Makes me wonder just how high SC values will get in surface waters in the area.
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: 3/5/2019 5:02:46 PM     Points: 82    
With all due respect.......those of you who want to discuss the earthquake and such......START YOUR OWN THREAD!!!!
 Reply by: fishMA      Posted: 3/6/2019 12:37:55 PM     Points: 65    
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.
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: 3/6/2019 2:00:29 PM     Points: 82    
It's almost comical how some people are so daft they can't seem to be able to read.

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