Smallmouth Bass Fishing Pro-Tips
One of the best spawning sites and early season hot-spots is right in Myer’s Bay, within sight of the dock. From the end of May through June, some of the best fishing is in bays with south and east exposure to the sun. This results in the first warming water of the season.
Look for the characteristics of a sand or mud marbled bottom, some small boulders and broken rock, drowned logs, and reeds. The beds will appear to be dish-sized areas of cleared sand and many times are near a boulder, rock, or patch of reeds. Release bass immediately in the same area and they’ll quickly return to their nest to guard it again.
Keep in mind that there is a catch-and-replace season in place from New Year’s Day until July 1st to protect vulnerable spawning fish, although most anglers practice a total C/R throughout the year. Those who have not experienced the thrill of smallmouth bass fishing will need to remember to put the bait close to the structure where you are fishing, whether it is a shady boulder, fallen tree, or a rock point near deeper water. The key is to use Light tackle or fly rod (perhaps a six to ten-pound test mono on a spinning reel with a solid working drag), and not to rush your retrieve or hook set!
For finesse fishing use plastics, drop shotting, topwaters, small cranks, and live baiting with a spinning rod of 6’6”-7’ in medium lite with a 1000-2000 size spinning reel. Combine with an 8# mono or 15-20# braid and a 10# floro leader. For power fishing, use spinner baits, bigger cranks, rattle traps, jigs/plastics, and jerk baits in cover like weeds, reeds, logs, and downed trees. Combine with a 7’ medium casting outfit with 30-40# braid and 12-15# floro leader.
You’ll need not only the right tools, like Beetle Spins, In-Line Spinners, ‘Twitched’ Floating Minnows, Rapala Skitter Prop, Heddon Zara Spook or buzz baits, but depending on the season, you will also need expert guidance on where to find these powerful and acrobatic fish. This is why Andy Myers Lodge is a premier destination for smallmouth bass fishing trips in Northwestern Canada.
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