Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth and crankbaits

We are in the middle of a few tournaments where smallies could play a role so I thought this might be a good time to talk about smallmouth bass and...

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Northern smallmouth: Details matter, part 2

Once I’ve made my line selection it’s time for me to pick a bait. It’s popular to pick ones that look like a goby. After all, that’s pretty much what...

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Northern smallmouth: Details matter, part 1

If you’re going to fish for smallmouth up north, and I strongly suggest that you do, you need to pay close attention to details. These bass are big and aggressive,...

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

The evolution of northern bass waters

As the Bassmaster Elites make our northern swing to the St. Lawrence River, I’m reminded of how those waters have evolved over the years and how anglers have adapted. Unlike...

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth are predictable — sort of, anyway

You hear it all the time: Smallies are nomadic. They move constantly, seemingly without reason or purpose. They’re here today and gone tomorrow. They’re difficult, if not impossible, to target...

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Fighting winter for lunker smallmouth

It’s a risk many anglers are willing to take. It’s the fishing chance of a lifetime. It’s an opportunity to experience bassing at its absolute, unbelievable best, says Bassmaster Elite...

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Aggressive fall smallmouth

Fall is one of my favorite times to catch smallmouth, because the fish move shallow and they’re super aggressive. With the days getting shorter and water temperatures starting to drop,...

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Fall is a favorite time for smallmouth

Fall is one of my favorite times to catch smallmouth, because the fish move shallow, and they’re super aggressive. With the days getting shorter and water temperatures starting to drop,...

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth aren’t largemouth

Smallmouth don’t use cover like largemouth Cover is important to smallmouth and largemouth but in very different ways. Largemouth bass like to be in cover. If you find a weedbed...

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

8-4 smallmouth bass ties New York State Record

Patrick Hildenbrand caught this freaky-fat smallmouth in a bass fishing tournament at Cape Vincent, New York, and though it was initially reported as 8.15 pounds, recertified scales found the weight...

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