Christopher Smith

Smallmouth Fishing Report July 13, 2013

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9_imagejpeg952-3b116effd60dd1277186128d4022a4df983664e0Let’s take a mid July look at the smallmouth bass fishing reports from around the United States and see what’s going on!

With summer here, bass in most areas will be moving into or are in their summer patterns.

Smallmouth Fishing Report 7.13.2013


Tapps: Smallmouth bass action has been very good in recent days. Look for fishing holding in water about 10-12 feet deep. They are hitting crankbaits and Carolina rigs. Source


SMALLMOUTH BASS are reported at Lake McDonough, Crystal Lake, Candlewood Lake, Lake Zoar, Mashapaug Lake, the upper Housatonic River (surface action on poppers; fish up to 17 inches) and Shetucket River. Tournament angler reports are from Lake Lillinonah (good), Highland Lake (tough) and Candlewood Lake (fair to good, try deep).  Source


Smallmouth bass are biting on the mainstem and South Fork Coquille rivers. There is no size limit or bag limit on the number of smallmouth bass anglers can keep in the Coquille Basin.  Source


Cherokee – Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass – Fair. Where fish had been caught with ease, the recent rise in water levels the past week has made the bite inconsistent. Carolina-rigs, Alabama-rigs, Texas-rigs and jigs have been more productive than crank-baits and jerk-baits the past week. Preferred colors are red, watermelon and pumpkin. Smaller fish are less than 14 feet deep but larger fish are 30-40 feet deep and near boulders or rock piles at the base of points.

Douglas – largemouth and Smallmouth Bass – Good. Deep-diving crank-baits and Carolina-rigs are catching fish. The drop-offs on the tips of long points have been productive areas. Fish are being caught as deep as 45 feet. The key is finding schools of shad.

Ft. Loudoun/Tellico –Smallmouth Bass – Good. Shaky-head worms and lizards remain popular. Crank-baits, spinner-baits, jerk-baits, jigs and the Alabama-rig are picking up fish.

Norris – Smallmouth Bass – Fair. Larger fish are definitely being caught late at night. Points, humps and chunk rock banks are good spots to target. Carolina and Texas-rigs, jigs and Shaky-heads are all catching fish. Source

New Mexico

Conchas Lake – Fishing was fair using topwater lures, tubes, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.

Rio Grande – Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 233 cfs. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using streamers and wooly buggers.

Ute Lake – Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using suspending jerk baits, crank baits and tubes on rocky points.

Abiquiu Lake – Fishing was very good using topwater lures, crank baits, jerk baits and swim baits for smallmouth bass. Most of the bass were caught off main lake rocky points. Fishing was fair to good using spinner grub and spinner nightcrawler combos, crank baits and tubes.  Source


Tenkiller – July 9. Elevation 2.5 ft above normal, water 78, clear and steady. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair in shallow water on soft plastic, crankbaits or spinnerbaits at 5-10 ft.

Blue River – July 8. Elevation normal, water 82 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on topwater bait early and late and soft plastics around structure off of riffles.  Source

There are a lot of fishing reports coming now and lots of smallies to be caught out there.

Please bring your own fishing report to the page and let us know how you are doing right now! We’d love to hear it!

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