Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass fishing can be especially productive if you find the right bait to attract a great number. Jitterbugs, buzzbaits, jerkbaits, and other topwater baits are quite impressive, especially during the wee hours of the morning or late at night when the sun isn’t bright. As daylight advances, you may want to move on to something like a spinner bait or jigging spoon, casting the latter close to the edge of the drop and letting it sink before jigging it in and reeling up the slack. If you choose this method, try to keep the bait at the depth where the fish are sitting (when you’ve determined it to begin with) for best results.

If you are looking for a hump that can provide good smallmouth bass fishing, start by searching waters at least eight feet deep and up to 25 feet, sometimes even deeper if it is still early spring or already late fall and the waters are not as warm. Vertical jigging is the best technique for such areas, especially with a tube jig, Carolina rigged worm or a jigging spoon. Keep in mind that the fish could be tightly grouped at the corner or edge of a hump because the area is better blocked from the current or allows for greater oxygenation.

While you may not be able to predict the exact location where smallmouth bass fishing will be best every year, you can pattern the areas that could make great holding grounds for these nomadic opportunists and try each of these spots until you strike gold.

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