Christopher Smith

Smallmouth Fishing Report, May 25, 2012

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Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, here are some smallmouth fishing reports around the country.

In the Las Vegas area:

LAKE MEAD – Anglers are finding good action for smallmouth and largemouth bass in most areas. The fish are hitting on crank baits and plastics. The Temple Bar area is providing good action for striped bass as well as the largemouth and smallmouth variety.

LAKE MOHAVE – Largemouth and smallmouth bass have kept anglers busy from Cottonwood Cove south toward Katherine Landing. Plastics and jigs are taking the fish. Original report

Northeast, PA:

Smallmouth bass fishing is still good to the east of Erie. But these bass are on nests so release them immediately, right where they were caught. Original source


Huron River – Is producing smallmouth bass and white bass. Try minnows, crank baits, spinners or crawlers.

Lake St. Clair – Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good.

Opening day for bass (largemouth and smallmouth) is Saturday, May 26th (this weekend). This applies to the Great Lakes and all inland waters, excepting Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River (these open the third Saturday of June). Original source


Cherokee – Full pool 1,073 feet. Lake level is just under 1,066 feet, up 1 ½ feet from last week. Water temperatures are in the upper 70’s with some low 80’s in shallow coves. Smallmouth Bass — Good. Night-time fishing is strong. Fish can be found during the day with crank-baits, jigs and soft plastics. Carolina and Texas-rigs and jigs are having good success at night. Fish are mainly in the 15-30 feet range during the day and can be 5-10 feet deep after dark.

Douglas – Smallmouth Bass — Good. Deep-diving crank-baits in dark green or shad colors are producing with medium to slow speed retrieves. 6-8 inch plastic worms in red and brush-hogs on either Carolina or Texas-rigs are also catching fish. Larger fish are schooled up 35-50 feet deep in holes between humps or points. The area just above Swann’s Marina continues to produce. Smallmouth have been active at the confluence of the Nolichucky and French Broad Rivers and up the Nolichucky River recently. More Tennessee reports here


Lake Powell – That means fishing remains really good for these species: juvenile striped bass, walleye and smallmouth bass. Smallmouth are caught trolling in the same 15-25 foot tree top location but they can be caught much more ef-fish-ently by casting to rocky shoals, points and drop-offs with plastic tubes, grubs, senkos and crankbaits. Larger smallmouth are found in 20-25 feet of water on the edge of a brushy flat. Look for a rock pile or an escape route with deep water nearby to target bass congregation areas. Original story here

Hope these reports help you. There are so many reports that I wish I could cover them all. Be sure to bookmrak the local smallmouth bass fishing reports for future reference!

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