Right after the ice is gone is the best time to fish for smallies. What makes this time of year fantastic smallmouth bass fishing? The smallmouths are preparing themselves for the spawn.
Pre-spawn smallmouth bass fishing is phenomenal because fish are bulking up for their landmark time of the year, which is the spawn. Remember, these fish have had little to eat throughout winter and they are hungry. No better combination to put fish in the boat.
It was early January 2009 and the weather report was looking cold. We’re talking negative wind chills all day long. Parents and teachers moaned and groaned about the bitter cold temps. Us on the other hand, thought we would use the cold day to our advantage. When I say us, I am referring a small group of high school friends. We waited until the school cancellation was announced on the morning news, and we made our way to a small local lake. None of us had ever tried ice fishing on our own before so these basic ice fishing tips would have proved very useful.
If you are not fishing braided fishing line, or braid as most anglers call it, you are missing out. This type of fishing line will change the way you fish. Braid has been increasing in popularity and has become a staple on the professional tournament circuits. Let’s talk about why braided line should make it's way onto your reels.