Elkhorn creek smallmouth rigs

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  1. KYBOY

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    Down around knights bridge I think. I’ll let you know tonight
     
  2. RLWEBB

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    Good deal. Have fun, be safe, and post up plenty of pics of all the fish you catch!!!
     
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  3. Drahts

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    Collecting bait is always a blast. Case of beer and some buddies with a seine and a 3 pt long prong rake. Hellgies, minnows, and crawdads galore.
     
  4. EC

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    If you want to catch a ton of bass in Elkhorn, I'd fish with "soft crawls"...crawl fish that have just molted. Or for this time of year, you may have to peel 'em. Cast these at the head of rapids and let your bait float down stream.

    If you want to catch red eye or a few other variety--bronzebacks will hit these too--seine up some "gold devils" (stand right at the tail end of rapids and move up as you go, and kick up a bunch of rocks and flip the big rocks up. That's where they hang out--in the rapids under the rocks). These are called "hellgrammites" officially and are larvae of the Dobsonfly. I use to fish the heck out of Elkhorn as a kid (back in the 70s) but I guess the best time to get these are in the spring around May. That's probably true for the soft crawls as well. It's been awhile, I don't remember exactly.

    These gold devils are mean as h#ll and have big pinchers on their heads. Their skin is so tough, you usually can get five or six fish on them. And usually your bait is fighting them while the fish is on the hook.

    We used to seine them up, put them in a sealed tin can (like a can that had green beans in them) and get them out with needle nosed pilers. Hahah...you didn't want one snappin' ya.

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    Soft crawls and Gold Devils--were the best live bait I've ever used. Pretty much would catch something every time you made a cast.
     
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  5. carnivore

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    No stringer pics? :(
     
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  7. Feedman

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    Ugly looking creature
     
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  8. barney

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    Hellgrammites have actually caught the fish for me a couple of times.
     
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  9. RLWEBB

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    So how was the trip @KYBOY?
     
  10. Ezelkyhunter

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    Yep had that happen more than once myself. Those suckers got grip
     
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  11. KYBOY

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    sorry havent been online in a few days. It was great, water was hot and very low but there was a lot of fish up to about 14". Mostly used a 4" finesse worm weightless. They liked it
     
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  12. RLWEBB

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    Good deal. Glad you had a good time.
     
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  13. Buzzy

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    Zman bugs and craws. They are nearly indestructible. But DONT LEAVE THEM IN YOU BOX UNLESS YOU PUT THEM BACK IN THE PACKAGE. they melt. If you put them in the plastic they come with you are fine.
    Get the offset mushroom jigs. They will stand up perfectly
     
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  14. Feedman

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    Swimbaits should work also
     

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