Chasin’ River Muskies

Another year with my least favorite river conditions–LOW WATER! At least it is low now, after a summer of nice, high water.  I often talk to anglers who think low water is better as it concentrates the fish.  I actually find the opposite to be true–during low water the fish spread out all over the place, while in high water the strong current forces them to hug the shorelines, and generally puts them in a more aggressive feeding mode. I couldn’t take it any more, and decided to check a section of river I had not been on before.  Despite the low water, I convinced myself I could get up the river far enough from my chosen access to be worthwhile.  Just to cover all bases, I swapped out the good prop that was on my trusty 30 Yamaha to an old, beat up one.  I figured I would be doing more grinding through rocks than running at high speed anyway.  I also brought waders in case I had to walk the boat through any super shallow areas.  I have fished above and below this section, and was excited to be “connecting the dots” between a couple of access points. I was really on a muskie mission, but this river section also boasts a nice smallie population, which can prove to be a major distraction when I supposed to be targeting something...

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