Small Waters

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I went out today to do some ‘preseason scouting’ for potential good fishing holes! I was quite amazed on the amount of areas I found that are definately worth trying! So you say “Big Deal” what good is that going to do me? Well I’ll tell you Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana have these same small streams and rivers all over! You just have to do a little research, which means break out the hiking shoes or boots.
I gaurantee you know of at least one small stream near you that you can explore to find the most productive areas. Some of the areas I found were on private property, but most of them were public access. You can always ask the property owner for permission to go on their land, just tread lightly, and if it is wet or muddy avoid them so you dont tear their land up!
Now the areas you want to look for are areas with deeper pools above and below riffles, stream confluences, slack water areas, downed trees, outside bends, bridge piers, and any area that has running water coming in such as a ditch or storm drain.
The storm drain adds nutrients that small creatures like minnows and crawfish will eat, which in turn attracts bigger fish. In the spring the drains add warmer water, that also attracts fiish!
Most game fish like slack water so they dont have to work as hard moving around and where they can lay in ambush like behind a rock or under a tree. All the areas I mentioned are perfect ambush
points for bass which are plentiful in 49 states,except Alaska, and in my area there are some giant size musky, and Northern Pike in other areas of Ohio! Carp and walleye are other spiecies that you can catch.
You can fish these areas are all year long provided the water is fairly clear and stable. It is a little risky trying to hit these areas with high water or after it has been raining heavily, which both of these will come together! The last thing you want to do is go swimming in frigid water! In the summer you can wade these streams or bring along a canoe with pfd’s to fish the deeper non wading areas! Just make sure you wear some shoes with good grip, or you can get wading shoes that have a felt like bottom that wont slip on the algae covered rocks! and walk slowly!I learned from experience! Thank god it was during the summer! It was still a shock when my feet flew out from under me and I landed on the rocks in the water!
The tackle you want to use can be anything from a cane pole, and live bait, or light to medium light spinning rod and reel with 6 to 8 pound line. Small lures in the 1/16 to 3/16 oz range such as rebel craw, beetle spins, twister tail grubs, rooster tails or mepps will work pretty good as well as any soft plastics fished slowly. You want to “match the hatch”, meaning resemble the size of the creatures living in the water that your sought after fish will eat. I hope this helps you out! and good times to you!

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