Best Deep Water Fish Finder

Smallmouth Bass Smallmouth bass are pretty high on the list of game fish in Canada and the United States, along with largemouth bass and walleye. Not only they are prized as fish and sought by anglers as being some of the toughest freshwater fighters, they are also indicators of a healthy water stream or lake, being a species less tolerant to pollution.

So, here are a few words in terms of environment, habits, baits, lures and tackle for smallmouth bass.

Smallmouth Bass – Habitat and Habits

First of all, smallmouth bass is native to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, Hudson Bay – Red River, and the Mississippi basins. So far, it has been introduced in many states for sportfishing. They prefer clearer and colder waters than largemouth bass. They can be found specifically in rivers, streams, and lakes, in places with rocky or sandy bottoms. They like spots with structure, and you’ll often find them around rocks or stumps.

Since they prefer colder waters, early mornings and late evenings you will find them in the shallows, while for the heat of the day, you should look for them in deeper waters.

In large reservoires, they often like to keep close to areas with stair-like formations, or steep drops, where they can take refuge in case they feel threatened. They use deep water as cover, and like to “hide in the dark” to stalk pray as well.

Since smallmouth bass prefer cold water, they are more active in early spring than largemouth bass, thus fishing for them during this period should be more fruitful. Within the pre-spawn period, the best temperature to smallmouth fishing is between 40-50°F, and you will find them in a 20-30 feet depth range.

During spawn, they move to shallow waters, and you will find them at depths between 3-15 feet, but in general, the bigger the bass, the deeper you’ll find it.

In summertime, as water warms up to 70-80°F, they go deeper, down to 45 feet, or even deeper than that, and become rather difficult to catch, compared to other times of the year. However, after dark, early morning or at dusk, they come closer to the shore or riverbanks.

Fall also brings some changes to the smallies’ habits. As the water temperature drops to 55-60°F, they “step out” of the deep once more, moving to somewhat 20 feet depths. However, the will still keep close to deep water.

As for the winter, smallmouths will remain within the 20 ft. depth range. Gravelly or chunky rock spots, with deep water in close vicinity, or with a 45° angle into deep water are good places to look for smallmouth bass during this time of the year.


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