For anyone who likes to catch Smallmouth Bass this article – smallmouth fishing tips – is for you. For the past twenty plus years I’ve enjoyed catching the mighty small mouth bass and in this article I’m going to reveal some tips that have helped me catch a lot of fish. Many of these tips relate to fishing in small rivers and streams, simply because that’s the kind of fishing I enjoy.
The first thing to keep in mind is that the smaller the gear you use, the more fun fishing for smallmouth will be. These fish are renowned for being extremely hard fighters, so it only makes sense that the smaller the gear, the more of a challenge catching these fish will be. I personally like to use ultra light rods and reels, spooled with four-pound test monofilament. The length of your rod will vary with water conditions, but for me ultra light rods and reels make smallmouth fishing much more fun.
The first tip I have is for larger rivers and even lakes. Using top water baits such as poppers, jitterbugs, and small zara-spooks early in the morning can be a deadly smallmouth tactic. I’ve found that they key is to have completely flat water, which means early mornings and late evenings are usually better. Fishing over a weed beds with jagged rocks close by, is also a plus. Using top water baits in these types of scenarios is a great smallmouth fishing tip.
Another great smallmouth fishing tip, especially in the flowing waters of a small river or stream, is to use live worms as bait. Smallmouth bass love live worms and if these worms are fished in the same manner that you would for trout, you can catch a lot of ‘smallies”. This means using gang hooks to rig your live worms. You see a set of pre-tied gang hooks allows live worms to be presented in an outstretched and natural manner, which makes a huge difference in bite rates.
If you’re going to use live worms as bait for small mouth (and you should), you should also use a bait bag to carry those worms. A bait bag enables you to have easy access to your worms the entire time you’re fishing. With a bait bag your live worms are always at your fingertips waiting to be used, rather than in a worms container somewhere. Once you use a bait bag for the first time, you won’t be able to fishing without it!
The final smallmouth fishing tip is to always make sure that you’re fishing at the right times. What do I mean by this? Simply that certain times of the day and month are better for fishing than others, and the key to this puzzle are the weather and moon. In other words, paying attention to the weather and moon and planning your fishing outings around this information, will help you become more successful. The weather and moon have a dramatic impact on the behavior of the fish you’re trying to catch, and using this information to your advantage is a great idea.
These smallmouth tips have been proven to work through more than 50 years of combined fishing experience. Give them a shot and they will help you catch more smallmouth bass on your next fishing trip.