Blade Baits for Late Winter Smallmouth Bass Fishing
February 17, 2020 by Don Manning
Late winter smallmouth bass fishing is tough. Pre-spawn smallmouth bass has yet to arrive but the weather is breaking enough to hit the water. One of the best winter smallmouth baits most anglers overlook is the blade bait. They are the perfect imitation for struggling baitfish that slowly die in the late winter cold waters of lake and rivers. They can be fished a variety of ways and are worth throwing for late winter smallmouth bass.
Susquehanna River Crawfish and the Smallmouth Bass
April 2, 2019 by Don Manning
Crawfish, crayfish, crawdads, crabs, mudbugs, freshwater lobsters, or whatever you want to call them make up 80% of the diet of a smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River. Without crawfish, there would be no smallies. A good population of crawfish is a good indication that the water is pretty clean. Crawfish can not tolerate polluted waterways. If you aren’t fishing some sort of crawfish imitation, you are missing the boat, or should we say the bite.
To Tungsten or Not When It Comes to Your Terminal Tackle
February 24, 2019 by Don Manning
Not many anglers get excited over bullet worm weights and drop-shot weights. Instead, they talk up their newest spinnerbait or the flashiest color of stick worm to hit the market. Truth is, tungsten terminal tackle deserves the same excitement and consideration as all your other fishing tackle.