Smallie questions

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species' started by tkww, May 11, 2013.

  1. tkww Member

    Posts: 464
    WA
    Ratings: +66 / 2
    Are smallmouth as sensitive as trout (supposedly) are to barometric pressure changes? It's been blazing sun for almost 2 weeks and my first day off is now predicted to be cloudy, 10+ degrees cooler, and chance of T-Storms. Anybody have any experience with this?

    Also, what color of flies would you all suggest this time of year (spring/spawn)? Natural colors or more vibrant colors? (Or mix? Splash of bright?)

    Thanks in advance...
  2. cmann886 Active Member

    Posts: 421
    Richland Wa
    Ratings: +56 / 0
    I generally have success with olive and black rabbit fur or marabou this time of the year. If you are planning the lower Yakima stay home. The columbia around patterson is doing ok and I wouldn't hesitate to try that area or any of the many lakes regardless of the drop in temperature---it will just make it nicer for fishing.
  3. tkww Member

    Posts: 464
    WA
    Ratings: +66 / 2
    Thanks for the info. OOC, what's wrong with the Yak right now? Too high?
  4. GAT Active Member

    Posts: 4,021
    Willamette Valley, OR
    Ratings: +2,598 / 0
    It has not been my experience that smallies freak out as much over a barometric pressure change than do trout.

    I primarily fish the main Umpqua for smallmouth during the heat of the summer and approaching storms and a drop in the pressure doesn't seem to effect their bite in the least.

    Trout are a lot more finicky than bass.
  5. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    Posts: 2,329
    Columbia Basin
    Ratings: +645 / 0
    When it's hot, Smallies are typically one thing . . . hungry, morning & evening, but they do go deeper when extended temps raise the temps in the backwater areas.
  6. Scudley Do Right Member

    Posts: 94
    Ratings: +22 / 0
    Right now (spawn) they are not picky. Fish slow around flats and the backs of bays. I use a bright color I can see.
  7. cmann886 Active Member

    Posts: 421
    Richland Wa
    Ratings: +56 / 0
    9079 cfs marginal at 4000; best is between 2-3,000.
  8. tkww Member

    Posts: 464
    WA
    Ratings: +66 / 2
    Thanks for the info!