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Smallmouth Bass




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Species Name
Smallmouth bass
(Micropterus dolomieu)

Common Names
Smallie, black bass, bronzeback, brown bass, redeye

Size Range
Average 12-16 inches. Smallmouth bass can grow 16-24 inches in quality populations.

Smallmouth bass are one of two species of “black bass” in BC with the other being the more popular and widely distributed largemouth bass.  Although smallmouth bass are not as popular or widely distributed as their genus mate, their popularity is increasing steadily. The common name “smallmouth bass” is appropriate given that their mouths are considerably smaller than those of the largemouth bass (the maxillary bone usually does not extend past the center of the eye).  The spiny and soft-rayed parts of the dorsal fin are continuous. Although coloration varies significantly with water clarity and habitat, smallmouth bass are mottled with dark vertical bars; largemouth bass have a singular longitudinal stripe running the length of the body.  In less productive, clear waters such as Lake Chelan, these dark vertical bars will be very pronounced. 

Where to fish for Smallmouth bass
Smallmouth thrive in lakes, rivers and streams that reach summer temperatures of 60 to 70°F and have gravel bottom areas for spawning. In BC, significant populations occur in the Okanogan.

How to fish for Smallmouth Bass

The Smallmouth bass is a warm-water fish species, usually found in rocky and sandy areas of lakes and rivers in moderately shallow water and near rocks of shoals or submerged logs. It is less often associated with dense growths of aquatic vegetation than the largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass feed mainly on insects, crayfish and small fish. The Smallmouth bass takes this variety of food from the surface, in the water column, and off the bottom
For Smallmouth bass use a 6 to 7 foot medium action graphite rod and a matching spincasting reel that is spooled with 6 to 8 pound test fluorocarbon line. To cover large areas of water, diving crankbaits like Cotton Cordell's Rattlin Spot and the Rapala Shad Rap in silver or crawfish patterns are quite effective. When fishing shallow rock shoals, white and yellow spinnerbaits as well as shallow diving crankbaits have proven deadly. In deeper waters, a ¼ to ½ oz jig head tipped with chartreuse, yellow or white Mister Twister grubs are also effective. Slowly bouncing these jigs off rocky bottoms can result in bites. In late summer or early fall fish deep water in the 30 to 40 foot depth range and bounce a worm colored Tub Jig off the bottom.

Bass Fishing Tips, Tricks and Tactics

Below are some of the best tips to help you when fishing for Smallmouth Bass. We hope that you’ll find them to be both useful and effective.

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