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10 Quick Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tips & Tricks

Written by: Catchmefishing
Date Published:  April 28, 2017 
Updated: May 13, 2021

10 Quick Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tips

Few fish in North America can rival the beauty and fight of a smallmouth bass. These freshwater gamefish are native to the Midwest, but have been introduced into many other states throughout the country. They are often found in lakes, ponds, and reservoirs where they naturally feed on insects, crayfish, and minnows.

With smallmouth bass fishing tips spread all over the internet, Huge articles with hundreds of words can be more troublesome (boring) to read than they are sometimes worth. I know we all love advice short and to the point sometimes. So I have put together a quick list of ten tips and tricks.

Here is the list of quick smallmouth fishing bass tips and will be easy on our eyes and straight to the point without bombarding us with info!

1. Use Buzzbaits for Smallmouth Bass

Buzzbaits are a type of fishing lure that is designed to imitate an insect. They work great for calm water, and they also work wonders with a little chugging motion.

You can fish them on the surface of the water or below it, but you have to be careful not to get snagged up in weeds because buzzbaits are not good at getting through vegetation.

Buzzbaits work great for calm water, and they also work wonders with a little chop/ripple on the water! Overall Buzzbaits are a great lure for smallmouth bass.

2. Catch Smallmouth Bass on windy days

Many of us have heard the phrase "fishing where the fish are" and it is true; smallmouth bass feed on smaller creatures that live in water such as bluegill, shad, crayfish, and worms.

However, wind plays a role when hunting for these schooling bass.

Baitfish love to feast on algae, bass love to feast on baitfish, and the Wind pushes the algae. If you are hunting for bass schooling, use the wind to your benefit and fish for bass where the wind has taken the algae. The bass most certainly will be lurking around.

3. Match the Hatch

Every fisherman knows that the key to catching bass is matching them with a bait they like. If you're fishing for schooling smallmouth bass, then sometimes you have to match the hatch in order to catch more of them!

This term comes from fly fishing. Try to match the bait that the smallmouth bass are trying to find naturally using lures that look natural.

4. Chatterbaits for Dirty Water, Spinnerbaits in clearwater

What’s the best lure to use when fishing for smallmouth bass in dirty water? The chatterbait. Chatterbaits are designed with a unique spinning action that creates an erratic, noisy sound and vibration which is especially effective for smallmouth bass when they can't see their prey.

Many anglers are familiar with spinnerbaits, but have you ever considered using them in clear water? Spinnerbaits work well when the smallmouth bass are suspended. You can use a variety of colors to match the forage in that particular body of water. Spinnerbaits work so well in clear water because they are so sparkly and the smallmouth bass can see them for a good distance away.

5. Check and Sharpen Your Hooks (or replace)

As a fisherman, you know that the most important piece of equipment is your fishing rig. You can have all the right bait and technique to attract fish but without a good way to catch them, it's just like throwing your money out to sea. One key part of ensuring that you'll get more bass is swapping out those old hooks for new ones periodically so they don't break or become dulled in their ability to snag a hungry smallmouth bass.

6. Match the Plastics to the Water Condition

In the world of fishing, there are a number of different colors that can be used on lures.

The color you choose depends on where you fish and what type of fish you're trying to catch, but there's one thing for certain- it is important to match your lure's color with the water in order to get more bites.

Clear-water uses natural colored lures (brown, green). In dirty water use dark color lures, and in light coffee/tea-colored water, use red lures to give yourself the best chance to catch them smallmouth!

7. Use a Frog Lure From Spring Till Autumn

The frog lure is a perfect way to catch smallmouth bass from spring till autumn. You can use it in small or large lakes, streams, rivers, and reservoirs.

One of the most important elements to consider when choosing a time to fish is what bait you are using. Topwater baits like a frog lure are most effective early or later in the day but can be used with success at any time during those periods.

If you're looking for an easy way to reel in that trophy smallmouth bass, try fishing a frog lure from spring to autumn, when the suns out!

8. Fish Facing into the Sun

Avoid casting your shadow into shallow water on a sunny day, and it scares the fish. Fish facing into the sun to help avoid that.

How would you like it if you saw a shadow 20 times your size? Yes very scared, and so will the bass!

9. Fish for Bass Before Stormy Weather and Rain

Try to fish for bass before stormy weather (or rain). Smallmouth bass fishing after a heavy downpour or cold front can be very difficult.

The bass sense when the cold front and pressure change is coming so you are best trying to fish before the cold weather comes for the best chance of catching.

10. Pack Fishing Tackle Well and Use Good Tackle Storage

Don't take lots of heavy items and bulk out too much. Move light and always on the move.

Smallmouth bass can sense movement and noise in the water. This is why it's important to move around quietly when you are smallmouth bass fishing!

I recommend a good fishing backpack to help you store all your tackle. It makes life so easier when you are organized and don't have to worry about all your tackle being untidy.

Final thoughts

If you follow some of these tips here I'm sure you will notice a big improvement in your smallmouth bass fishing success. #

Good luck with your smallmouth bass fishing journey.

Here are some of our other helpful bass fishing articles below.

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