n June of 2006, I had the urge to go fish the Payette River in Southwest Idaho in pursuit of some early summer bass. This time of year can be difficult due to unpredictable flows from the runoff, but it generally is starting to subside and access from the bank is more and more available. When I arrived at the Black Canyon Dam, water was spilling over the spillway and the flows were 3 times higher then average. What is normally a nice little calm area below the Dam, now was a turbulent, but fishable river.
Not expecting great results, I started off casting lipless crank baits in hopes of catching a smallmouth. After several dozen casts and no action, I decided to go with a slower approach so I put on a 3" Maniac Grub in the (013) Changeable Craw color. I put the grub on a lead headed jig and started making my casts along the shores and into the heart of the river. It wasn't long and I had landed my first smallmouth bass in the 2 lb range, and in short time, I landed several more of the feisty river bass.
After the 5th smallmouth, something happened that I never expected from this river. I landed a 3 lb largemouth bass and shortly after, I landed 2 more largemouth in the 2 lb range.
I've landed many smallmouth bass out of this spot in the past years, but until this day I've never caught a largemouth here, nor did I even think I would catch one out of this river. After less then 2 hours of fishing this location I landed 9 smallmouth and 3 largemouth all on the 3" Changeable Craw Grub by Maniac Custom Lures. I was pleasantly surprised of the durability that these soft plastic had, but more important I was pleased with the results I had catching fish with them.
Since that time I've always made it a point to cast a Maniac Grub first when I'm river fishing for bass. And in more times then I can count, it has always paid off.