The small and mighty Smallmouth Bass, if you haven’t caught one of these powerhouses, we definitely suggest spending a couple weekends giving these angry fish a run. Many times when hooked in the right water and depth, they are acrobats and true fighters. A Smalley can tug pound for pound with any fish out there. Much like the largemouth, smallmouth are predatory fish. They are not quite as aggressive feeder as the largemouth. They typically spend much of their time chasing schools of shad. They typically school a little more than largemouth also. Catching the smallmouth is a tedious task, we use a little lighter equipment and generally medium and small lures and plastics.
Smallmouth Bass are generally the most active and more catch-able when the water temp is between 62 and 73. But don’t limit your fishing to when the water temp is just right. Most pro’s and experienced fisherman will tell you the largest fish they catch are during periods of extreme heat and when the water gets colder (below 55degrees). The largest reason for this is that you really have to slow your presentation down and fish in such a way for any success at all, the likelihood of catching a lunker greatly increases than if you are ripping a spinner bait in perfect water temp, clarity and weather. Most would agree that fishing for smallmouth greatly falls off after the water drops below 50, they are still catch-able, but requires mind numbing patience.