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What Do Smallmouth Bass Eat?

What do smallmouth bass eat?  Pretty much anything they want.

After all they are the honey badgers of the fish world and will eat anything, anywhere and at any time.

What do smallmouth bass eat?

The diet of the smallmouth bass varies depending on the body of water you are talking about.  Crayfish are the primary souce of nutrition in many areas.  This can vary a lot, depending on available forage.  For example, in Lake Erie it is now estimated that the round Goby constitutes 90% of the smallmouth diet.

Watch this video as this Maine fisherman rescues a smallmouth bass who bit off more than he could chew!

In addition, smallmouths will eat baitfish, worms, insects and anything that they can root around for.

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2 Responses to What Do Smallmouth Bass Eat?

  1. Ziman Reply

    June 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Go get a good variety (color and size) of worms, like robo worms. Get a few mid sized speinnrs in a few different colors, like white, green, black, and maybe a mix. And Senko’s, same thing. Learn how to tie a good knot Learn how to set up a Texas Rig and set up a drop shot. Also look up a little technique for both rigs. Last think learn how to set your hooks up weedless!

  2. Ronnie Caldwell Reply

    May 1, 2014 at 10:57 am

    We use a lot of pig and jig especially at night colors vary from black and red to black and blue. My favorite is purple skirt with orange hair and June Bug trailer. Mostly on Watuga and Boone lakes also south holston.

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