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Old 02-13-2014, 12:57 PM   #1
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Default Creek/River Smallmouth Lures

Since getting a kayak last summer I am now able to really hit the creeks here in central Ohio. This spring and summer I hope to hook into some smallmouth and I was just curious as to what you all enjoy using for getting after the smallies.
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:53 PM   #2
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I've always done good with brown tubes bounced on the bottom
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
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The more lures I try each year the more lures I like for river smallmouth. I started out with tubes and did ok but predominately deep holes. Riffles and other slower current I like swim baits and crank baits. As you learn your rivers you will find what works for you.i have also had luck with inline spinners and top water but not quite as much as the other choices I listed. I fish smaller streams so larger streams may like completely different baits this is just what I use.

Hope you have a good time in your yak.
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There isn't a whole lot of need to use anything complex in the river. I typically use curled tail grubs, tubes, soft jerkbaits, top waters (floating minnows, spooks, poppers, etc.), buzz baits and spinnerbaits. On the occasion where you need to fish in tight cover, a T-rigged worm or skirted jig come in handy. You don't need a ton of colors of each to be successful, a couple confidence colors and that's about it.

Keep it simple and pack light (especially when on foot), and pay attention to where you catch them. As water levels fluctuate and seasons change, you can quickly eliminate a lot of water once you get familiar with your flows. If you are around active fish, you will often know in short order after the water warms.

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Small jigs really like buckeye lures spot remover. t-rigged chigger craw small x-raps and husky jerks rebel Pop R's spinners.


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Thanks for all of the replies y'all. I can't wait to get out!!!
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Eight page discussion of smallmouth lures:

http://www.ohiogamefishing.com/commu...h+lures&page=8
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Streamstalker,

That thread is loaded with good stuff! Thank you for the recommendation
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Reply to it. You'll probably get it to go another 3-4 pages at least, maybe even start another fight or two...notice that it was started last year around this time.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:24 PM   #10
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Great suggestions so far. Add small Rebel crayfish crankbaits to the list, and this past spring/summer I've had a lot of luck with smaller Rapala countdowns in the brown trout pattern.
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Reply to it. You'll probably get it to go another 3-4 pages at least, maybe even start another fight or two...notice that it was started last year around this time.
I thought only steelhead guys started fights lol

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My favorite technique is a small 4 to 5 inch worm in brown, black, green pumpkin. Hook it wacky style and drift it through riffles, deep holes, just about anywhere in the creek. I think it resembles hellgrammites that have dislodged. Smallies can't stand it. I got my biggest smallie last summer using this technique.
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My favorite technique is a small 4 to 5 inch worm in brown, black, green pumpkin. Hook it wacky style and drift it through riffles, deep holes, just about anywhere in the creek. I think it resembles hellgrammites that have dislodged. Smallies can't stand it. I got my biggest smallie last summer using this technique.
Glad to hear this because one of my favorite presentations for largemouth in ponds and lakes is a wacky worm. I will definitely have to try this!
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Now twisters and tubes probably are the overall best I personally love working the Orginal 2 and half inch Silver and Black Rapala Floating Minnow. Just dropping that bait in all the nook and crannies along the banks and among the Smart Weed patches and having the water just erupt on it. Whew!!! Come on Spring!!!
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Ugh, reading these posts is making my cabin fever so bad I am developing a tic! Just think........

You cast your lure out right to the spot you wanted it to land. A soft "plop" as the lure enters almost like a whisper...."here fishy fishy fishy!" You take in the slack and give it a twitch as the lure skims the bottom.

You take in the slack once more, another twitch and "thump!" GAME ON, FISH ON!

Man I can't wait!

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When I'm not fly fishing, the Bomber Square A is a strong performer.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:19 PM   #17
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I find the most success with tubes in the rivers. I like to Texas rig mine though with a small split shot to help it get down. It helps reduce snags when bouncing it along the bottom. Joshys are another go to for me as well!
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:24 PM   #18
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1.) Tubes
2.) 1/8 oz jig & curly tail
3.) Anything u can get in your pocket.

Seriously, the Cuyahoga is a snaggy lure eater. Rarely throw anything but the first two.
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Have had decent results with a beetle spin in shallow rocky rivers. I like the yellow bodies with a black line down it.

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Rebel wee craws, Rapala original minnow, white spinnerbaits, black jitterbugs after dark.
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