Originally Posted by WetBait
I hit the Bonneville pool yesterday and the water is back up to normal but there still isn't any visible water coming through the dam. Had a hard time finding the smallmouth with the wind and lack of current. Managed a few nice ones though.
Hunt'nFish, where would you predict you'd find the eye's given the low water and clear water? Based on your notes I fished for a couple of hours out of camas trying to find them with no luck. Not even a mark on the sonar. I dragged around a worm harness for awhile without a bite. How fast are you typically moving while after 'em? It was slack tide and pretty flat so I switched to bassin'.
Well low water levels chases them out of the flats after sun up and closer to the channel edge. So they are more concentrated and you don't have to cover as much area to find them.
Speed....I try to just beat the current and keep a #4-5 blade turning. I run about 3/4-1oz this time of year and like to see it behind the boat 20-30yrds or so. Just bang the bottom every once in awhile, don't drag it.
That area your fishing is pounded hard by others....and it's snaggy as all get out. Cross the river and fish the red cans and give the area up on the upper end of Reed a try too. The outside edge of just about any bar will produce...any place current washes food over a bar or reef.
Check out the area from R N48 can down to R N46 can, of course Ough reef and bottom end of Reed down Ough. Anywhere where current is adjacent to flats. If a little current washes over it, so much the better. If you find peamouths....drop back down river 200-300yrds and you'll find eyes.
Use the above example and translate it to other places on the river.
oh....mash the end of your work and replace them every other pass whether it needs it or not.
Use plastic quick change clevises and experiment with differant blade styles. i've found they can like one vribration and not like another. So don't be afraid to play around w/ the blade "thump" and colors.