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...

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Why are some smallmouth so dark?

Have you ever noticed that a smallmouth may be black when you first see it in the water, but much paler when you remove it from your livewell? Here's why.

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass

Pirch’s smallmouth monster

Cliff Pirch pulls in a smallmouth on Day 3 of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Havasu presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels.

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