Getting Your Share of Smallmouth Bass Action!

Disclaimer: There are many ways to fish successfully.  This is one of them.  There are other ways … but this one works for me.  I expect newbie anglers will be my audience.

Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass have enough differences that we treat them separately.  Today– Smallmouth Bass.


Small Mouth Bass are Feisty Fighters and Fun to Catch!

Smallmouth Facts

A member of the sunfish family, smallmouths are rather picky about the waters they honor with their presence.  The temperature in streams, rivers, lakes, etc., must be rather cool.

In the spring, the females move to spawning flats * when the water temperature heats up between 48 to 55.   When the water temperature reaches 60 to 65, smallmouths get frisky and start the spawning process.

Smallmouths are also picky about pollution.  They will not live in polluted waters.  Even better, they prefer oxygenated waters.

Using This Info to Catch More Bass

Understanding the paragraphs above will help you catch more bass.  First, let’s talk about oxygenated water.

As water splashes against rocks and other barriers, the water mixes with the air.  This makes the water more oxygenated.

Thus, you will want to fish for smallmouths wherever water can be re-oxygenated – around boulders, in riffles and under/in underwater structures (weed beds, rock formations, log jams, etc.).

Spring Fishing

Try smaller lures and hooks in the springtime.  Look for water with a gravelly bottom.

When you are thinking about live bait, consider the crayfish.  We carefully polled as many smallmouths as we could find and they assured us that they prefer crayfish.

Summer Fishing

Smallmouths are not interested in the heat of summer.  As the water heats up, they move to deep pools (during the day).  They only emerge from sundown till sunrise.  This is the best time to fish.

They will move into shallow areas, rock piles and in reefs.

Fall Fishing

Now the water is cooling down and the smallmouth bass prefer the deep pools because the temperature is steady. Again, these bass will come out of the pools to eat at night.

Winter Fishing

Smallmouths stay in deep pools – where the temperature is constant.  They are not very active.  Mostly, they chase small bait fish (that are also in these deeper pools) during the cold months.

Favored Lures & Bait

Crayfish, Mepps spinners, Rebel, jig and pig, Rapalas & spinner baits.


* Spawning flats have a gravel floor in 8 to 10 feet of water.


** Smallmouth Bass Tailwalking Profile is used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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Published in: on February 15, 2011 at 1:11 am  Comments Off on Getting Your Share of Smallmouth Bass Action!  
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Fishing Info You Need to Know to Catch More Bass

Bass are rather finicky about their environment!  If the water isn’t between 68 and 78 degrees, bass are likely to be moving on to waters within their narrow range of comfort – instead of eating.

This Predator Lies in Wait for a Tasty Morsel! *


When the weather heats up, bass head for cooler waters.  Look for deep pools in the body of water in which you are fishing. Bass are very fond of hiding near the drop-off points of deep holes s0 they stay cool while waiting for something smaller than themselves to stroll by.

Fall and Winter

As  the water starts to cool, bass moves back to the shallows (from the deep pools) to do some serious feeding.  They must eat enough to carry them through the winter months – no matter how much cold comes their way.


During the early chilly mornings, bass are likely to be lazy and slow-moving.  As the sunlight strikes the water and warms it, bass will become more active. Under these circumstances, bass like to live in shallow waters, hiding in grasses and weeds, around submerged stumps, etc.

How Can You Apply this Info?

  • It is important to know the water’s temperature.  You will be wasting your time fishing for bass in a shallow pond if the water is over 80 degrees.
  • Having a topographical map of the body of water in which you fish is a great investment.
  • Predator fish, such as bass, tend to hide in submerged structures (rock piles, weedy areas, around fallen trees, etc.), watching for a tasty tidbit!
  • The TV meteorologist is your best friend!

If you live in an area near water, as we do, the meteorologist adds water conditions to the weathercast: high and low tides, water clarity, water level and water flow.

When you find water at the correct temperature, your task is to figure out what he’s in the mood to eat – and serve it up on the end of your line.


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* ‘Missed Opportunity’ – displayed through arrangement with Vantage Point Graphics.