The action started soon after I entered the river.
A nice smallie about a foot long.
This stretch of river was home to 3 nice smallies, 2 of which I was able to land.
One of the hardest birds for me to get a pic of, this Great Blue Heron stayed just at the far reaches of my zoom.
Caught some nice Rock Bass also. Here's a nicely colored one that fell to a plastic worm.
A couple more stretches that gave me several nice fish.
After landing a fish I happened to glance downriver and this is what I saw.
At least 4 bucks and a couple of does feeding on a small island. They kept an eye on me but weren't too concerned.
A couple of these boys are going to be wall hangers by fall.
After 4 1/2 hours my back and stomach told me it was time to head back to the truck. During the long wade back I looked for something to take pics of and found these.
So ended a wonderful morning on the river. I caught at least a dozen smallies between 10-13 inches, all nice chucky, healthy looking bass of the same year class. Some nice Rock Bass too, but am a little concerned because I didn't catch any small bass. Possibly meaning that the spawn from the last couple of years didn't survive, at least in this section of the river. Those 5-6 inch smallies can be a nuisance, but they in turn become the nice bass that you catch on future trips.