It’s been a while since I compiled a smallmouth fishing report. I hope these brief excerpts from around the USA will help you put together a pattern where you live to catch more bronzebacks.
Smallmouth Fishing Report November 30, 2012
Tennessee smallie report
Cherokee – Smallmouth Bass — Good. Fish are being found from the surface to 30 feet deep with the majority being found in the 10-15 feet range. Jigs and Carolina-rigs in watermelon, pumpkin or shades of brown are finding some success. Zoom Lizards in cotton-candy or green-pumpkin with chartreuse tails have been catching fish. Crank-baits, jerkbaits, buzz-baits, spinner-baits, Pop-R’s and Zara Spooks are all finding some success.
Douglas – Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass — Good. Fish are being found from the surface to 20 feet deep. Crank-baits and spinner-baits remain the hottest lures going with 8 inch red plastic worms close behind. Carolina-rigs with lizards, worms or Baby Brush-hogs in watermelon or pumpkin/chartreuse are also finding fish around rocky bluffs and points. Recently exposed islands are also very good locations to try.
Ft. Loudoun/Tellico – Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s. Smallmouth Bass — Improving. Recent tournaments have taken as much as 16 pounds and as little as 8 pounds to win. Schooling bait-fish are being found over most of the lake. Crank-baits, Rat’l-Traps, spinner-baits and other vibrating lures are catching fish. Jigs and Carolina or Texas-rigs with green pumpkin lizards or Baby Brush-hogs are also finding fish. Top-water lures are catching fish though out the day now.
Norris – Smallmouth Bass — Good. More good fish are being found in the 10-15 feet range. Rocky banks, points and mid-channel humps are producing fish shallow on crank-baits and small slender jerk-baits. Mid-channel, fish are being found under schools of shad. Small hair jigs and drop-shot rigs with either Gulp Minnows or Tuffy’s are catching larger fish 15-30 feet deep along moderately sloping rocky banks.
Melton Hill – Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s. Smallmouth Bass — Improving. Fish are 8-20 feet deep. Texas-rigged watermelon or pumpkin baby brush-hogs or beavers, jigs, spinner-baits crank-baits and Rat’l-Traps are all catching fish. The bite is definitely better when the dam is pulling. Rocky points and outcroppings are holding the larger fish. Source
Oklahoma Smallie Report
Hefner – Elevation below normal and dropping, water 53-58 and clear. Smallmouth bass fair on jerkbaits at 4-8 ft. along the dam and east shore.
Blue River – Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics in deeper pools around structure.
Texoma – Elevation 5 3/4 ft. below normal, water 64 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic worms and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels. Source
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