Posted by Troy Jens on February 14, 2006 at 19:20:13:
In Reply to: Joe Wheeler State Park posted by Jerry on February 14, 2006 at 13:02:26:
Don't write off Wheeler too quick, there are giant smallmouth there and it is loaded with smaller bronzebacks.
You are in the best area for smallies. If you're fishing artificials, go with the suspending jerk-baits first. Work the steep rock bluffs just above and just below 1st creek and focus on the points on each side of the pockets. Small, deep running cranks work good also this time of year. The jerk-baits work well just inside of the pockets as well over deeper water. (15 to 25 feet).
For a slower presentation, go with a 1/4oz jig and a small trailer. Work it very slow down the rock ledges and gravel banks just inside of the pockets.
We catch a ton of them on live shiners using a single hook and a split shot. Just free line them close to the steep bluffs.
We catch a lot of good smallmouth right in 1st creek also, mainly on the deeper rock banks and on the points.
This is your best time of year for a really big smallmouth, I've caught them over 6-lbs and have seen fish over 8-lbs caught on Wheeler.
Good luck and enjoy the State Park and lodge, it's a great place to stay.
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