Billy Westmorland gave me some advice that’s really helped my smallmouth fishing. I can’t say what he told me is any big secret, but it is something we should all keep in mind when we go fishing.
Now’s the time to fish smaller, moving bodies of water. That means the creeks and the rivers. I say that because the major lakes and reservoirs will be covered over this weekend with recreational boats.
My favorite moon phase for numbers is from a quarter to three-quarters going towards full.
Billy was a great fisherman — arguably the best smallmouth fisherman of all time and certainly an angler far ahead of his time — but he wasn’t the most forthright guy when it came to sharing what he knew about his beloved Dale Hollow.
From about now until the middle of June is the best topwater smallmouth fishing of the year.
Right now most of the smallmouth bass are on the beds or close to it. You can still catch them, but you have to think a little differently.
Last time I promised to start telling you about some of the things I learned from Billy. One of the most important things I learned early on is to think about artificial lure colors from the perspective of the fish.
I was so overwhelmed with being in a boat with the man that I spent most of the day just staring at him.
Why would anyone throw a bait out over open water away from the bank, especially water that was as deep as where he was fishing?
I respect largemouth bass and I respect spotted bass, but I respect and love smallmouth.