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Old 02-10-2012, 11:17 PM
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Actually, there is a darn good chance that Mille Lacs will produce the next state record. There are some serious bruisers swimming around in there.
Yeah, Mille Lacs is an amazing fishery. It's especially so considering how much pressure it receives. I saw a few pictures from last year with absolute monster fish. It's too bad all of my fishing is done wading or from a kayak. That body of water is too big for my tastes.
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my current home river is the kishwaukee. a main trib of the miss.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:30 PM
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Have you given any consideration to the John Day river? It is a lot closer than PA. Located in OR, it is like the second or third longest free flowing river in the US. It is also rapidly gaining a reputation as a blue ribbon small mouth fishery.

I took a two day guided trip last spring and did well even with water levels that were 7k+ cfm. I posted a thread on it. Let me find it....

Smallmouth bassin' on the John Day


Dont let my description of the conditions scare you off, it really was a great time. The John Day is a beautiful river supporting a great small mouth fishery. Our guide was a great guy, knowledgeable, friendly and worked hard. If you are interested i will pass along his info. He is well known in OR as THE guide for smallies on the John Day.

My cousin and i are already on his schedule for the 4th & 5th of May for another two days. Hopefully this year one of us will break the 20" mark.
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Vans...I am aware of the John Day and have fished a bit in Oregon. My sense has been that the true smallie heaven kinds of places are east of the Rockies. I'd drift the JD in a heartbeat, though.
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Yeah, Mille Lacs is an amazing fishery. It's especially so considering how much pressure it receives. I saw a few pictures from last year with absolute monster fish. It's too bad all of my fishing is done wading or from a kayak. That body of water is too big for my tastes.
Actually, part of the reason it has such big fish is the regulations. They won't let anyone clobber a Smallie till it is gigantic. If you wanted to fish it, I can tell you where to do it from without waders or a kayak. I don't want to hot spot on the 'air' so to speak. If it is something you may want to try sometime just let me know and we'll talk.
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I see you're in Ca. A bit closer to you, I've read that the Umpqua River in Oregon has some great Smallmouth fishing too!
Bigjim...I missed your post...yes, the Umpqua is a hoot. Especially in the last hour of light the smallies are just nuts. Sad to say most of the Umpqua fish are very small, running 6-8" instead of 3-5 lbs. They eat poppers like like crazy though and on a 3 wt that's a lot of fun.

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That's been my experience on the Potomac too! Plenty of bass, but most are small, under 12". There are enough bigger fish to make it interesting if you spend enough time there!
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On the local river, you can catch dink smallmouth all day long, one after another until your arm hurts.
If you want to have a shot at the adult fish you need to be there at dawn or after it already dark.
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I already posted on this thread before, but the Maumee River between Grand Rapids, OH and Waterville, OH is my second home during smallie time. Black and rust brown buggers make for a heck of a day!
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I already posted on this thread before, but the Maumee River between Grand Rapids, OH and Waterville, OH is my second home during smallie time. Black and rust brown buggers make for a heck of a day!
jh...can you wade that, or do you need to drift it? Most of my time in Ohio has been east of there from Cleveland thru Columbus and down to Dayton, Cincinnatti, so I am really not familiar...Thanks! -m
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