Carhartt College Series heads to Smith Lake


Chris Mitchell

A look back at the Day 2 takeoff on Smith Lake in 2020 for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series.

The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops is at Smith Lake in Cullman, Ala., for the third stop of the 2021 season. I am currently at the James River practicing for the first Bassmaster Northern Open of the year, so I don’t have as much detail for you as I did for Lake Cumberland, but I did get some intel from a very credible Smith Lake source.

Smith Lake is a 21,000-acre highland reservoir on the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River. Made up of three main arms, the lake is narrow with lots of winding turns and a sprawling network of creeks. This means there is a lot of shoreline to fish, but traveling from place to place takes time and needs to be factored into any angler’s game plan. Technique wise, there are plenty of options for the anglers this week. Anglers will have options ranging from deep clear water near the damn for spotted bass or dirtier water in the backs of the creeks for largemouth.