Guest Posted May 18, 2008 Report Share Posted May 18, 2008 Well we better talk about fishing high muddy water before the new guys here start thinking about taking up golf. When I first started fishing rivers if the water wasn't clear or if the river level changed I sorta figured I was done for. Now I just change tactics and locations and can usually manage a few fish. I've called and talked to "some of the experts" A lot of them don't fish muddy water or if it's cold out they can't guide anyone and they're at shows promoting the good fishing. The thing about a lot of the people here is that we can only go fishing at certain times and the conditions aren't always perfect so it might be nice to catch a few fish in high muddy water. Years ago someone mentioned this guy that fishes the Fox river in high water and catches lots of fish. So I called up Ken Darga here was an expert that could help me. He mentioned fishing eddies I ran out the door got lucky and a few hours later called to tell him I had just caught 2 of the biggest smallmouths I ever had. One of the craziest things I ever saw was while a group of us were discussing whether or not it was too muddy to fish Norm goes over and casts behind a telephone pole thats in the flooded parking lot next to the river and pulls out a really big fish. Now all I'm thinking is oh god we have to fish in this and it was the muddiest water I've ever seen not zero visibility but -1 visibility. So I expect to hear from these two guys. My pat answer to everything is to fish as many small well defined eddies as is possible and if they're near where you've caught fish before all the better, but in the spring when fish are moving up any eddied is worth checking. In the winter in cold water stay near spots you know it might just be a confidence thing. Hitting a lot of spots is the key. By my house that means a lot of bridges as the shores are tough to walk or getting out in a boat if it's safe. If you can walk the bank safely cover as much water as is possible and get the odds in your favor. ( This whole fishing thing is about percentages and probabilities). I like to use a weedless tube because usually you're fishing in flooded grass or wood or something. I haven't used a lot of other lures in mud I need to work on that. I have caught some good fish out in strong current below riffles in mud. How they saw the lure I don't know. One thing I always think about is that smallmouth bass are optimists.They take advantage of any situation. They're not paniced they're not worried they're hungry. Pretty much everything is a feeding opportunity if you're a fish. Other things to try....Some of the rivers by me stay muddy all year I think it's from carp working so these fish probably don't mind a little more mud. Those USGS sites show river levels so sometimes I'll do a little time in the muddy river and then hit a clearer one. Some small creeks clear up faster some big rivers take a long time to mud up. Some times I think that with all the food that comes down river and usually the water temperature dropping after a rain that some of us are fishing for fat stuffed fish that have just had their metabolism drop down. If you can hit it again after the fish have started feeding again you'll do better. What is muddy water? I think if you have less than 2 or 3 inches of visibility it's muddy. Pass the Bosco please Phil Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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