Five Tips for Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Virginia

Know Where To Fish On The Lake – Nobody can assume that any given lake or river is uniform in terms of the flow, level of vegetation and geology. Nature and natural processes dictate otherwise. As such, you will find that there are shallow and deep areas, rocky and vegetative areas and numerous other factors that can play a part. As such, you have to know the layout and geology of the lake that you have chosen to fish in so that you can really experience great bass fishing action. Smallmouth bass prefer clear or slightly stained waters in addition to rocky areas so find out where they are and fish there.

Perfect Your Technique – The final point is to perfect your own bass fishing technique. Smallmouth bass are notoriously slower to bite than largemouth bass. Largemouths will just strike anything they consider to be a threat.

Smallmouth bass are much more deliberate in their actions. As such, you might want to take a few moments to perfect your technique whilst knowing this. For example, practice casting your line and pulling it up slowly for winter.

Practice minnow movements for spring. Basically practice your overall abilities so that you can change your technique if you are experiencing a dry period on the lake!

All of the above tips should really help you to improve your Virginia smallmouth catch rate so get to work on them right now!

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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