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Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: Strat-a-Caster] #13679214 08/25/20 12:18 AM
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Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: SC-001] #13679215 08/25/20 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by SC-001
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Whitney is a multi record holder of the top 50 in Texas. Always worth a trip there.

They gone with the golden algae 20 years ago, I mean there are some coming back there but its not even a shadow of what is used to be

I know that, but not everyone else...I guess.


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Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: Strat-a-Caster] #13679340 08/25/20 02:09 AM
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I as well have never caught a smallmouth, and its 100% my goal fish to catch

I went to Belton for a week a few summers ago and it was a mistake. It was In almost in the 90s even at night!

The worst part was:
I hooked a smallmouth on a crawfish rattle trap late in the evening on a deep dropoff. I saw him jump out of the water and about [censored] my pants that I was reeling in a smallmouth. He got about 5ft from the boat and got off.

I still have PTSD about that to this day


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Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13679363 08/25/20 02:42 AM
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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
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Whitney is a multi record holder of the top 50 in Texas. Always worth a trip there.

They gone with the golden algae 20 years ago, I mean there are some coming back there but its not even a shadow of what is used to be

I know that, but not everyone else...I guess.



It is not what it once was, but there are still small mouth in there. I've caught in the last 4 years some out of there on the bluffs mid lake.



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Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: 21sammy] #13679401 08/25/20 03:16 AM
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Originally Posted by 21sammy
Bridgeport will be good here in a few years. Been catching a lot of the 2019 stock 10-12 inches.



Bridgeport has some decent ones in it now. Have had one over 6lbs and a lot in the 3-5lb range.

Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13679402 08/25/20 03:16 AM
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I’ve seen several pictures but have also seen a confirmed smallmouth weighed in by burleson bass club out of Whitney. Also there is a guide who catches them regularly behind Whitney dam in the Brazos. I caught smallmouth at wheeler branch Sunday.Belton is loaded and you can fish anywhere near the dam and catch them without knowing the lake.

Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: Mark Perry] #13679642 08/25/20 01:36 PM
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Wheeler branch stocked some Dale Hollow smallmouth before it opened, those are a different class of fish and get much larger than usual not unlike the Coosa spotted bass.

Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: Strat-a-Caster] #13679720 08/25/20 02:46 PM
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Broken Bow is as close as Stillhouse and Belton and has lots of them. Spring time has been best for me.

Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: Strat-a-Caster] #13679815 08/25/20 03:51 PM
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Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: Osbornfishing] #13679860 08/25/20 04:29 PM
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Go to the texoma ramp by the dam on the Texas side. You can fish the cove just to the west of the ramp from the shore. I haven’t caught big ones there, but I have caught a lot of them. I would wait till it cools off just a little, so they move closer to shore.


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Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13680070 08/25/20 07:26 PM
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Whitney is a multi record holder of the top 50 in Texas. Always worth a trip there.

Have you heard of, or witnessed, a smallmouth being caught there in the past couple years?


I watched a dude lose a toad at the boat in May of 2018 while I was striper fishin. There were about 5 bay boats on a school and we all stopped to watched this guy fight this fish after it jumped 2 or 3 times and everyone saw how big it was. Everyone at the same time gave a "daaaaamn" haha it was funny. Not for him obviously. It was a freakin football. Looked like it was on a shakey head. It was deep where he was fishing, too.

Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: G Love] #13680538 08/26/20 01:21 AM
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Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: Strat-a-Caster] #13680616 08/26/20 02:19 AM
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Originally Posted by G Love
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Whitney is a multi record holder of the top 50 in Texas. Always worth a trip there.

Have you heard of, or witnessed, a smallmouth being caught there in the past couple years?


I watched a dude lose a toad at the boat in May of 2018 while I was striper fishin. There were about 5 bay boats on a school and we all stopped to watched this guy fight this fish after it jumped 2 or 3 times and everyone saw how big it was. Everyone at the same time gave a "daaaaamn" haha it was funny. Not for him obviously. It was a freakin football. Looked like it was on a shakey head. It was deep where he was fishing, too.

I'm not saying they are not there, just not very many, I fish there often and the last one I caught had to be 20 years ago. At least not one over 2 lbs, it possible I've caught some dinks and not noticed. We also always fish the biggest tournament of the year there for boat #'s the Bohemian and I cannot recall one coming across the stage in the last 5 years. I do think they are growing in population so more than a few years ago, I know a nice one was weighed in at a Media tournament within the last year, and think one may have been weighed in at the last south 40 event there.

Re: Where to catch smallmouth in Texas [Re: Strat-a-Caster] #13680628 08/26/20 02:34 AM
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Caught some nice ones at O.H. Ivie up in the clearer water by the damn. Crankbaits and Yellow Magics. They are trying to make a comeback up here at Meredith but rarely see one over a couple pounds. My personal best is 6.97 out of Meredith but that was back in 1998.

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I catch them all the time on minnows by the dam on Belton. One early spring day I hooked 9 of them sitting in one spot. 5 of them were about 3 pounds. My PB was about 6 pounds caught on a warm November morning. The last time I fished from a boat was at Still House Hollow. The guy I was fishing with was throwing a fluke in 2" of water in about 90 degree heat and we must've caught about 20 that day. None over 2 pounds, but they were sure fun to catch. One stormy day, my son caught a monster on Still House Hollow on a minnow right at the bank. So if you fish rocky banks with deep water nearby on either of those lakes you should catch a smallie.

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