The low bank and the angle of the sun made it difficult to spot anything much more than about 20 feet offshore. I had to find a higher vantage point. I ended up coming across a rock outcropping right at the water’s edge. I climbed up, peered over, and found what I was looking for. A small group of nice-size smallmouth were lazily cruising along the rock face. They didn’t seem to be on the hunt though. I tried to flip a crayfish pattern in their pathway a few times but they were disinterested, even a little spooked so I begrudgingly moved on. Just past the outcropping the shore curved around into what was a shallow bay. I tried the crayfish pattern for a bit longer but all I got out of it was a few medium bluegills.
I spotted a few smallish largemouth bass cruising and it looked like they might be actively searching for something to eat. I switched over to a long, skinny popper/slider type fly pattern. It works almost like a mini Zara Spook if you’ve heard of that. Anyway, that shape of popper has always done well for me with bass back home. The largemouth were not interested or they had moved on while I retied. The closer to dusk it got however, the more activity started to occur in this shallow bay I was fishing. I began to see the telltale signs of larger bass chasing prey and slashing at the surface in the skinny water. In short order I had hooked and landed 2 real nice smallmouth who absolutely hammered the popper and fought like crazy, jumping, tail-walking. Very aggressive, strong fish. I can only assume that these guys (or gals) are into their postspawn feeding binge. I’ll probably be out scouting the next couple evenings so I should have more reports for those of you interested. Summer time smallmouth are a blast to catch and fairly simple to pattern as long as the weather doesn’t go crazy. Check out the pictures below (they’re a bit out of focus unfortunately but you get the idea).