Summer on the Columbia River
There is no doubt in my mind that the key to successful smallmouth fishing on the river this summer is locating pretty heavy weed lines in fairly close proximity to the river channel. Fishing parallel to a continuous run of weeds isn’t likely to be very productive. However, if you key on those small (10 to 50 ft.) open areas or areas that are void of weeds, but next to weed lines, there is a good chance these small little areas will likely contain smallies waiting to ambush smolt, and shad minnows traveling the river along the channel edge on their way to the Pacific. Super flukes are my lure of choice, but any type of minnow replica (swim jigs/trailers in shad-like colors) is going to get their attention. This tactic is going to pay dividends from now through the fall.
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