Finding Smallmouth Bass In Rivers
Many rivers are big, some are wide, and some have areas that don’t hold fish. The key is to constantly learn and improve your knowledge of what productive water looks like and areas that are most likely to hold smallies.
Finding smallmouth bass in rivers
Reading a river is a three-step procedure. First try to determine exactly where a smallmouth will be located. This could be an actual feeding station which he would select strictly for that purpose under specific conditions. It could be a holding or cruising area, located close to a main food source, or it may be a resting area. Source
Avoid slow moving water with silt bottoms. Deep slow pools may look promising but they typically don’t hold actively feeding smallmouth bass. In addition, look for these tips:
If you want to catch trophy smallmouth bass you have to find rocks and semi clear water.
Here is what you need.
-moving water.. forget the slow deep pools that are barely moving
-rocky bottom, preferably rip rap type rock or #4 type stone
-semi clear water, smallmouth don’t seem to like the soupy green water of the barge canal as much as the more clear water of the tribs.
-shade… my biggest fish have been caught in the shade
-color… yellow and orange seems to be the ticket right now and are the best colors for fly fishing for smallmouth bass
-fast retrieve… make that fly dance. These fish want to eat something that is alive Source
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