Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions:
Smallmouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 44 degrees. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a smallmouth.
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Community Smallmouth Bass Fishing Reports
Fishing Rating: 3
"Went out both yesterday, 6-8-09, and today. The lake is very clear, but the water is a little choppy. I was out around 1045 am using a crankbait on a leader with a small weight on the swivel hook and ended up catching three smallmouth (about 10 inches long and 2-3 lbs each) in a fifteen minute period. The only problem is is that the water near the shore is so weeded that after every retrieve i had to pull off the vegetation. But those were the only three i caught yesterday, and stayed out another hour afterwards without any luck. Today, I went out earlier, about 915 am, and was fishing the same spot. The sky was pretty overcast and the water was murkier because the wind was going pretty well and causing really choppy water. Tried the crankbait again without any luck. No luck with the topwaters, spinnerbaits, or plastics either. Had some company out there using topwaters and plastics too for about an hour and they had no luck either. I dont know if it was because the temperature had dropped significantly since the day before or if the heavier winds were causing the fish to dive deeper, but it wasnt a fantastical morning. So i ended up trying again around 2 pm when the sun came peeking through the clouds and the temperature was warmer but still no luck. Will continue trying throughout the summer though, because there is some good fishing in that lake. Unfortunately, not a lot of places to fish from, and parking is very very limited. Have fun and see ya on the water!"