Smallmouth bass (Smallies) are one of the most voracious gamefish. They are known for the extreme fight they provide when hooked and are probably, pound-for-pound, one of the best freshwater gamefish around.
Smallmouth bass resemble their cousins, the largemouths, in appearance but can be identified by looking at their mouths. The upper jaws of smallmouths do not go beyond the back edge of the eye, as do the largemouths,
Where to Find Them
Smallmouths prefer cool, clear water areas of lakes and moving streams with that have a rocky bottom with some surrounding vegetation. Spawning is from late May to early July.
There are many choices for both the type of equipment and the bait that can be used for fishing for smallmouth bass.
- Spin caster, Spinning Reel and Bait Caster combo’s can be used for Smallmouth Bass.
- Poles and fishing line in 6-12 pound range are adequate depending on the conditions that you are fishing. (e.g. If you are fishing in heavy vegetation, you might want to use heavier equipment.)
- Common lures used include soft plastic worms, buzz-baits, medium-diving crawfish crankbaits, jerk baits, jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, frogs, and spoons.
- Natural baits such as insects, crayfish, tadpoles, minnows, frogs. Early morning and evening are their most active feeding times.
Always become familiar with the local rules and regulations that are in effect in the places you fish.