Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quick Trip to the Lower Mountain Fork River

Yesterday my brother and I made a trip to the Lower Mountain Fork river in Southeast Oklahoma. This near 20 mile stretch of river is home to several trout species, a plethora of smaller sunfish species, suckers, freshwater drum, as well as largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth bass and more.

It was a nice change of scenery from the type of fishing I have done over the last few months. I had not worked an artificial for mostly active predators in quite some time. The river runs very clear and cold, and the fish are seemingly everywhere. Unfortunately, the lower mountain fork is also a VERY popular recreational river stretch so these fish were well accustomed to seeing hundreds of paddlers per day, and probably every trick an angler could throw at them.

Though the fish hardly seemed to spook at the sight of the NuCanoe, they were reluctant to show much interest in any pattern I through. Drifting down stream I aimed at tossing a Texas rigged soft plastic crawfish pattern… assuming in the rocky riverbed this was probably a common food source. I also tossed a small broken body Rapala to work the higher part of the water column.

  Despite the lack of activity we had a good time drifting down river and it was fun to maneuver my NuCanoe through the rocky obstacles in those “turbid” waters. We ended up catching several very small smallmouth bass, numerous bluegill and green sunfish, and one spotted bass.  Occasionally small spotted gar could be seen tucked into heavy cover.   There were a TON of very large sucker fish, freshwater drum, and large smallmouth to be seen, but these fish we rent falling for ANY of my tricks

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