How To Catch Smallmouth Bass
Smallies get lots of press and they are great targets for tubers and tooners. Most anglers who have caught them agree that they seem to fight harder than largemouths even though they are typically smaller.
These “brown bass” are originally from the eastern states but have been widely relocated throughout the country. There are not many places in the U.S. more than a short drive from waters that hold smallmouth. Many of their new homes in the western states have become world-class smallie fisheries and produce large numbers in respectable-sizes, “Bronzeback” habits and habitat are generally different than those for largemouths. Largies tend to stay in shallower water, with more brushy structure, and feed more heavily on shad and other prey fish. Smallies like cooler water, rocky shorelines and prefer eating crawdads when they can get them. Tubers and tooners love smallmouth. They are aggressive and competitive feeders. They hit hard and fight well. They can be taken on fly rods, spinning, bait casting or cane poles…by casting, trolling, bottom bouncing or soaking bait. They are great fish. One of the things that make both largies and smallies ideal for floatation fishing is that they tend to stay close to shore and seldom require a long boat ride in order to find fish. If you can get your tube or toon launched on a smallie pond chances are you will not be far from some action.
Smallmouth fish is one of the best fish species to catch and especially during the peak spring season when the water temperature is right. The secret for getting the desired catch is in choosing the best water and the right conditions. If you want to catch smallmouth, water temperature is essential and it is important to consider the size of the river where you intend to do fishing for smallmouth bass.
Anglers normally use fly fishing tackle, bait casting gear and usual spinning to catch smallmouth fish. It is important to note that this is one of the toughest fish species and fights hard meaning sturdy fishing methods are required to secure a catch. When fishing for smallmouth bass, using plastic baits is always a great option and especially for pre-spawn. Crank baits, spinner baits, hair jigs and other types of soft plastic baits are also ideal for conventional fishing. You can also use a fly rod with a wet or dry artificial fly, streamers, curly nymphs or artificial aquatic creatures including crawfish, hellgrammites and leeches.
Anglers also use other methods such as buzz baits and drift action when fishing for smallmouth bass. Fly tackle or spinning tackle is also the most admired fishing tools for many anglers hunting for this fish. Catching smallmouth normally requires great patience as this fish is very picky when it comes to the lures. The fish does not simply run for any bait and will take sometime before falling for your tricks. When fishing in different water conditions, you must not expect a uniform response from these fish as they will behave based on their environment or area of habitation.
Fishing for smallmouth bass can be done during the customary fishing seasons but in particular areas. The species is however not a common ice fish and therefore is regulated in most areas. Seek to understand the local laws before fishing for smallmouth fish.