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Southwest Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 9.2.22

As summers comes to a close, the temperatures starts dropping which gives rise to the popper and large terrestrial season. Daytime temperatures are expected to be in the low 80s while nighttime temps are dropping into the upper 50s. We're sticking by our report from last week and sleeping in as the best bite we have been getting is coming after 2:30pm and continuing all of the way into the dusk. 

Lack of rain this week has made all water ways gin clear and you can expect visibility 3+ feet with waters getting even clearer as the long weekend goes on. The Great Miami and Little Miami are a little warm. We are having success with bass and even some carp on the Great Miami near Carillon. The big rivers are primed for popper fishing on the top water and for streamers we are using white and olive colors to imitate baitfish. Best patterns right now are Zoo Cougars and Meat Whistles. 

Twin Creek, and Stillwater are all a little warm and primed for bass and wet wading. Keep moving the waters to find the best spots. Seek out locations with subsurface structures like logs and rocks. Be especially mindful of areas with a lot of vegetation as these are spots where bass like to lie in wait for small baitfish to pass by. 

If you're fishing from a kayak or canoe don't forget to hit the sections of rip rap where smallmouth like to wait for prey to get swept through the wash.

Stop by the shop on Saturday from 8am-2pm and we can help recommend some flies that are working on the local waters.

Tight Lines and have a Happy Labor Day with your family and friends! 

-Thomas

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