Hey, folks. Glenn May here, with BassResource. com andtoday I want to talk to you a little bit aboutfishing a river and fishing current. Today, I want a huge body water, this is theColumbia River out west, I like to fish ata lot. So I’m gonna talk a lot about that. However, a lot of the principles I’m goingto talk about here are applicable to smallerstreams and rivers that are maybe in yourneighborhood and where you like to fish. The first thing you need to take into considerationwhen it comes to river fishing is that currenttrumps everything. It is the primary thing that drives the fish,where they’re gonna be positioned and theirfeeding activity. On a lake, sure, there’s water temperature,there is the weather conditions, there’s thetime of the year etcetera. That is what drives the fish behavior. That is applicable too on a river but it’sthe current that drives everything. Let me give you an example. I fished the John Day River a few years agoand in the morning, it was early April, it’s25 degrees out in the morning. The water temperature was maybe 39 degrees. Typically, when you’re fishing in those conditions,you’re looking for one or two baits for theentire day and it might be a good fish butit’s gonna be slow fishing. Well, the three of us crushed on that day. I think we kind of mauled on first movingcrankbaits and we caught maybe 30 fish betweenthe 2 of us or the 3 of us and I think thesmallest fish was just a little under threepounds. So the difference was is that it had beenraining a lot the week before and there wasa lot of current. It was pushing through that river really hard. So that stirred up the activity, stirred thewater, got the algae going, got the insectsgoing, got the bait fish feeding on it, gotthe fish feeding. That trumped all of the other conditions. So pay real closeattention to that one, what I mean by thatis current itself. . . well, let me talk a littlebit about how it’s gonna position fish. What you wanna do is look for current breaks. Anything that changes that flow of the currentthat’s where the fish typically are gonnaset up on or could set up on. You’re looking for thing like wing dams, pointscoming out of water, you’re looking for bridgepilings, even logs and other wood debris andthings like that. Underwater you’re looking for humps, drop-offs,big rocks, boulders that sort of thing thatcan break up that current. Even the channel bend, if it does a real sharpturn, the outside of the bend is gonna havefaster moving current than the inside of thebend. The outside is gonna be deeper water, theinside is gonna be shallower water. Consequently, sometimes a lot of debris, whenit floods, will stack up on those shallowerinside bends and that can even block morecurrent. What happens is the fish set up behind thosecurrent breaks where there’s slack water eddies. They sit behind that and they wait for foodto come by insects, bait fish that sort ofthing and they’ll dart out in the fastermoving current to grab a bite and come backin the slack water. So what you’re looking for is where that fasterwater meets the slower moving water. You’ll see a ripple along at the top ofthe water. We call that a seam. That’s the prime zone. That’s where the fish will set up on. That’s where you wanna make sure your luregoes. The stronger the current is the more the fishare gonna be positioned right directly behindthose current breaks. And if it’s really strong and they snug upright behind it, it may get a little bit deeperbecause that’s where slack water really is. Conversely, if there’s not a whole lot ofcurrent then those fish will back off awayfrom that current break. They may even sit on top of it or even inthe front of it sometimes. I’ve seen them do that. For example, on an Island they like to sitbehind the island’s bed when the current isreally slow, they’ll come alongside, they’llcome up on the front. Something as that can be a really good area. If there’s no really current out and it’sreally slack, those fish may just go out intothe main channel and suspend. Okay, there’s not a lot of activity goingon so the baits are gonna be way off evenif the rest of the conditions are perfect. Again, current trumps everything. So how do you find these things?You wanna find these current breaks and youdon’t wanna spend a whole lot of time runningaround on a river trying to find all thisstuff. So first of all what you wanna do is get yourselfa map, that’s key to this. Get a map, then get another map and then getanother map. Get as many maps as you can of the body ofwater that you’re gonna fish. I’ve learned that there’s not any one mapthat has everything. Even the map on your GPS unit, they don’thave everything on it, and you’re lookingfor all those things that will break up thecurrent flow. One of the maps that I really like to getis this one, it’s the River Cruising Atlas. This is one that my local area they may havebeen by a different name in your area butthis is for navigation. You wanna find a map for navigation. If you’re on a river such as this one that’snavigable there’s gonna be a lot of greatinformation on that like where buoys are,where the channels markers are, where channelsare. And I’ve noticed on a map like that, it willtell you like where there are shipwrecks andthings like that. So little nuggets of information. But again, every map has something different. Some will show more of the rock piles, andshow wing dams and show more of the currentbreaks and channels and the little eddies. Where there’s another one make sure you’remore with there’s say a field with a lotof stamps in it or a flat or rocky bottom. They may talk about that or vegetation orwhere the weeds are. Every little bit, every map has a little bitdifferent and that’s gonna give you a biggerpicture of the area that you’re gonna fish. The other important part about that is you’regonna figure out where the channel is itself. Now, when you’re on a river and you’re notsure where everything is, being in the channelsis really important especially when you comeoff that channel, you need to know what’sthere, how shallow it is, where the bottomof your contour is because you’re gonna losea lower unit really quick. So pay a close attention to that. If you’re navigating a water like this, whenyou go on upstream against the current, rememberthat the red markers, the red marker buoysand the red channel markers are gonna be onyour right-hand side. Red right returnings, think of that, “returning”returning from the ocean. That is what it means so you’re going up againstcurrent. The green marker buoys and channel markerswill be on your left-hand side. The other thing I want you to pay close attentionto is if you’re looking at your GPS and it’stelling you where the channel marker is orwhere the channels are and those marker buoysdon’t align to what your GPS is telling you,go by what the maker buoys are telling you. These rivers when they flood, sandbars move,they shift, the channel can shift and moveand your map may not be completely up to date. But the channel markers they get moved aroundto adjust to that. I’ve known some of my friends that have followedthe channel markers or the channels that’son their GPS and they’ve had some damageto the lower units because the channel shifted,or it wasn’t correct on their GPS. So pay close attention to those channel markers. So again, it’s current, finding those currentbreaks which you wanna do now, once you findthose current breaks, how do you fish them?Go up ideally in a laboratory situation, youwanna fish. You wanna get kind of, you wanna move yourboat, position it so it’s going up againstthe current. Cast your bait upstream and let it drift acrossin the faster current through that seam thatI told you about and into the eddy. Okay, that’s perfect condition. You want that bait to go right across thatseam so bass can come out and nail it rightthere. So how I approach those on those larger currentbreaks is I’ll actually bring the boat up,behind the eddy I’ll slowly get to that. I’ll be actually be on the faster moving currentand I’ll slowly work way into that eddy orI cast into that eddy because sometimes thefish will be in there and you can catch afew out of it before you stir them up andscare them by putting the boat right in themiddle of that eddy. So work that eddy first. Then when you get into that current break,that’s when you start to throwing out intothe faster moving water and bringing it rightdown that seam. And sometimes you can set up and you can catchfish all day long doing that, just on onespot if the conditions are right. I like to fish Islands, the back of Islandsbecause then I can fish the seam on one sidewhen the bait dies down I can shift the boataround and fish the seam on the other side. Once that bait dies down I can go to the otherside and pick right back up again. The kind of baits that I like to throw, youcan throw just about any bait that you usein the lakes, however, it downsize a littlebit. I don’t know what it is with rivers but thebig huge baits don’t do as well. If you’re used to throwing three-quarter ouncespinnerbaits downsize to half ounce, if you’reusing half ounce all the time, downsize tothree eights or quarter ounce. Same thing with your crankbaits, downsizea little bit and with your plastics, insteadof throwing six-inch and seven-inch lizards,go down to a four-inch, go down to a three-inchtube. Tube is my favorite. I absolutely love throwing tubes on this bodyof water or any river because that does twothings. That mimics the bait fish and also craw fishand that’s what’s abundant in these typesof river systems that’s what the fish arebiting on the most. So the tube is one of the most versatile baitsthat you can use in a big river like this. As for color, I like to throw white, whitecrankbaits, white spinnerbaits and anythingthat mimics bait fish, perch color and sometimesI’ll throw a black if the conditions are right. Not very often but black works. As far as plastics, green pumpkin works reallywell. That’s your mainstay, that’s the bread andbutter. One thing you’ve got to think about is justbecause you’re downsizing doesn’t mean youdownsize on the weight. You’ve got to go up in the weight to makesure that you can compensate for the current. So I maybe be fishing little three-inch tubesbut if I put it on split shot for example,instead of using an eighth ounce or one thirtysecond ounce or one-sixteenth ounce weightthat I normally do when I split shot, nowI’m using more like a quarter ounce to a halfounce weight. I might even go up to three-quarter ounceif the current’s really strong. I know you might be thinking, what the heck!If you’re going that heavy, why not use aCarolina rig?It’s for the simple fact that a Carolinarig has so many components to it, it can gethung up on the bottom. You’re gonna get hung up anyways but you willget hung up less using the cylindrical weightthat I use for mojo rigging and split shotrig. Same with my tube baits, I use a heavier jighead in it. Just keep in mind you’ve gotta bring a lotof your terminal tackle with you because youare gonna get snagged up on the bottom. You are gonna get to hung up, that’s justthe nature of doing it. I usually rig two different ways, I have somerods that have a lighter weight and otherrods that have a heavier weight because wherethe river opens up like this, you’re not gonnahave a stronger current and when it narrowsdown you’re gonna have stronger currents. So I wanna have the two different weightsso that I can fish those very effectivelywithout having to re-rig every time I changeposition. Anyway, I hope those help. I can go on and on and on with all the differentways you can fish river. If you have any questions please leave a commentdown below. I’ll be happy to try and answer them. I do read all those comments and for the answersto all your questions about bass fishing visitBassResource. com.