Top 5 Smallmouth Fishing Tips

hat will help any angler catch more smallmouth bass on their next fishing excursion. Although most of these tips can be modified to help you catch smallmouth in many situations, they are particularly effective when used in the flowing waters of both streams and small rivers. If you never realized it, these fish can be caught in much the same manner as trout, and this is the type of fishing I’m referring to.

Smallmouth Bass are widely considered to be the hardest fighting fish, pound for pound, that swims in freshwater. If you throw the current of a river or stream into the mix, the results can be as much fun as a person can have with their clothes on! These hard fighting fish have an uncanny knack for using the current top their advantage during the fight, which can make landing them that much more challenging.

In any case, let’s get down to business, shall we? As far as I’m concerned, the tips below are the top 5 smallmouth fishing tips (in no particular order).

Use Light Gear – When fishing for smallmouth, especially in river and stream situations, we want to use fishing gear that’s as light as possible. When I refer to the word ‘gear’, I’m referring specifically to your rod, reel, and line. I personally prefer ultra light action rods and reels, spooled with four-pound test. Light action gear spooled with six-eight pound test is passable as well, but anything heavier than this should not be employed. Using light gear will result in more bites, and more bites will result in more fish being caught, it’s that simple.
Be Efficient – Being efficient when your on the water is important, because the more efficient you are the more time you spend with your line in the water (where the fish are), rather than searching for gear and/or bait. This is especially true when wading and fishing the flowing waters of a river or stream. This is where things like retractors, rod rulers, and bait bags come into play. All of these products make you more efficient, which means you get to spend more time with your line in the water. Being as efficient as possible when smallmouth fishing is always a good idea.
Pay Attention To Your Hands – This tip is especially true for bait fishermen. Smallmouth have a sensitive sense of smell, and if they detect unnatural scents on the bait your using, they will tend not to bite. This is why you need to make sure that you don’t have any unnatural scents on your hands that might transfer to your bait. A good practice is to grab a handful of grass or dirt and rub it in your hands periodically. This will help to eliminate any unnatural odors (that might be on your hands).
Pay Attention To When You’re Fishing – The time when you’re fishing is very important. Did you know that natural occurrences such as the weather and moon have an incredible impact on the behavior of fish? They truly do, and fishing when these factors are in your favor is a great idea. Very few things will have as big an impact on your catch rates as the weather and moon. That’s why a great tip is to familiarize yourself with the weather and moon and how the two affect fishing. It will help you catch more smallmouth, I promise you.
Use Gang Hooks – When fishing for smallmouth, you want your bait to look as natural as possible. The best way to accomplish this is through the use of pre-tied gang hooks. Gang hooks allow live bait (especially live worms) to be presented in the most natural way possible. Don’t you think a live worm should look like a live worm, rather than some sort of worm ball? Of course, it only makes sense, which is why pre-tied gang hooks should always be employed when using live bait to fish for smallmouth.
These top 5 smallmouth fishing tips will help you catch more bass on your next fishing trip. Employ one or all of them, and find out for yourself. How am I so sure that these are the top 5 smallmouth fishing tips? Because I’ve personally been using every one of them to catch more smallmouth for more than 20 years, and know they work. And if they work for me, they will work for anyone.

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Tips For Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Many anglers consider the Smallmouth Bass to be the hardest fighting fish, pound for pound, that swims in freshwater. I have always found this to be true, and catching these beautiful fish out of the flowing waters of a river or stream can be great fun, especially if ultra light spinning gear is employed. In this article I’m going to reveal some great tips for Smallmouth bass fishing (that are especially useful in river and stream situations).

You may not realize it, but catching Smallmouth Bass in small rivers and streams is much like catching trout. Very similar techniques can be used, the only difference being the type of fish that are caught. If you’ve never had the pleasure of catching a four-pound Smallmouth on an ultra light rod and reel, spooled with four-pound test, you need to give it a try. It’s as much fun as can be had, with your clothes on!

The first tip is to use lures that are a bit larger than you use for trout. Smallmouth are very voracious feeders, and have no problem chasing and biting larger lures. Anything from ¼ to ¾ of an ounce will work fine. If you prefer to use plugs, anything from two to four inches long will work fine for Smallies. If you prefer to bait fish, Smallmouth Bass enjoy a variety of baits, including; live worms, crayfish, hellgrammites, leeches, and minnows. Some of these baits can be difficult to use, so I prefer to stick with live worms. However, if you can find and carry them, crayfish are great bait for Smallmouth.

A great tip when fishing with live worms is to use gang hooks to rig said worms. There are few rigs as realistic and successful for fishing with live worms that rival a set of pre-tied gang hooks. Gang hooks are the best way to present live worms as bait, and if a live worm rigged on gang hooks is allowed to flow naturally with the current, bouncing off the bottom the entire time, the results can be flat out deadly!

Another wonderful tip for Smallmouth bass fishing is to make sure that you’re fishing at the most opportune times. That is, fishing when the fish are the most active. How do you know when the fish are the most active? Simple. By paying attention to the weather and moon. That’s right simply paying attention to what phase the moon’s in and what the weather has been doing will have an incredible impact on the amount of bites you get. All you have to have is the proper information.

These simple tips will help you catch more fish on your next fishing excursion. How am I so sure of this? Because I’ve been using every one of these simple tips to help me catch Smallmouth for more than twenty years, and I know they will do the same for you. And with any luck, you’ll have the pleasure of hooking into one of those four + pound bronze beauties sooner, rather than later.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his thr

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