Fished the Juniata on Saturday. Between myself and another fisherman we caught 40+ smallmouth. Many where in the 15″ size range. My best fish of the day were 3@16, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1@17, and email@example.com. The 18″+ pic is below.
Honestly, I didn’t think we were going to do well. It took several hours to get on some kind of consistent pattern but once we did…it was on. I call this one the “hard edge pattern”. Fish were not on current seems/edges…not luck at all there! They were tight to ledges, parallel ledge drops, and submerged weed edges….all are what I like to call “hard edges”. Most productive depths where fishing edges that where in 3-6 feet of depth. Just as important was that when I say “tight” to the edges…i mean tight. Your cast/bait had to be on the edge or no go.
Fish were not doing there typical summer thing…cruzing/hunting in the shallow flats. They were definitely being home bodies which I find to be strange for August/summer fish.
Top Producing baits of the day:
1. Winco’s G&W Kinkle-Cut worm
2. Winco’s 3″ Baby Sickworm
3 Bandit 200 crankbait
*1&2 out produced everything else we threw by a mile.
Here’s pic of the big girl…
Directly behind me there is a submerged ledge running parallel to the current. It tops out at about three feet. The fish was on the deep side of the edge. This fish took a 3″ Winco’s Baby Stickworm.