Sunshine State Fishing
Smallmouth Bass Fishing
By: Trevor Kugler
One of the most enjoyable fish to catch in the entire world is the Smallmouth Bass. Smallmouth Bass prefer clear cold water. These fish can be found in both lakes and running water. Pound for pound the smallmouth bass is widely considered the most enjoyable fish to catch. The smallmouth bass is a good natural indicator of healthy water. If you find Smallmouth Bass, you more than likely will find healthy water.
Because of their hearty nature smallmouth bass can be found in waters from Maine to Calofornia. The only places that you won't find smallmouth Bass aare area's where it's extremely hot for extended periods of time. They prefer cooler, cleaner water, which means they can be found all over the continent of Canada as well. As mentioned earler, these fish can be found in both lakes and running water.
One of the most enjoyable ways to catch these fish is in river situations. Combining their natural tenacity and fighting ability with moving current can be a lot of fun for anglers of all skill levels. Smallmouth Bass feed on a variety of prey and there are various ways to fish for them. Fishing for them in the same manner that one would for trout is a grewat way to spend an afternoon. Smallmouth Bass tend not to be quite as wary as trout and can be a bit easier to catch. They love live bait of all kinds, but some of the most popular would include: minnows, worms, helgramites, and leeches. Rigging any of these live baits with a set of gang hooks is a very effective method of fishing for Smallmouth Bass.
Any variety of lures can be employed to effectively fish for Smallmouth Bass. Some of these would include: spinners, spoons, minnow initations (such as rapala's), spinner baits, and top water lures. Catching Smallmouth Bass on topwater lures is incredibally enjoyable and quite effective as well.
The bottom line is that in lake situations, smallmouth bass can be fished for in much the same ways largemouth bass are fished for, with minor variuations. And in river situations, smallmoutyh bass can be fished for in much the same way as trrout. Such as bouncing a worm rigged on a set of gang hooks off the bottom, while it flows through the current. There are few experiences that can compare to catching a 4 or 5 pound Smallmouth on ultralight spinning gear in a flowing river. That might very well be the definition of a good time!
Trevor Kugler - Co-founder of JRWfishing.com
Trevor has more than 15 years of business experience and 25 years of fishing experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country - Montana.
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