Unfortunately the old saying that it is bad luck to catch a fish on your first cast of the day held true and this was my only fish of the day. Nevertheless, anytime I can catch a bass from the river in winter I am happy.
The highlight of the day came a short time later as I waded around a bend and came upon three juvenile bucks getting a drink from the river. They looked up at me like "What the hell are you doing down here?" I was so surprised to have three deer so close I didn't even think to try and take a picture and after a few seconds they decided to run back into the woods.
Unusually warm winter days like today can trick you into thinking spring is just around corner, the reality is official winter just began a few weeks ago.
Fish caught: Smallmouth Bass - 1
Successful baits: Finesse jig/super chunk jr. trailer - Craw color
Weather: Mostly sunny, gusty west winds, mid 40's.
River conditions: low, clarity two feet.