Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fall Bass Fishing

 


Fall is a great time of the year to fish for bass on your favorite lake. The species could be Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass. Jeff and I spent the morning casting surface poppers fishing for the Largemouth and Spotted Bass in areas around Duncan Bridge launch on Smith Lake. The weather was a little cool to start the morning but landing those first fish took the chill out. 

Nice spotted bass early fishing a wall near docks--Jeffs five weight got quite a workout landing this bass!

Always fish walls like this more than once, the first run rewarded Jeff with the bass in above image.

The next run produced this female spotted bass on a Barr Nunn popper, which made my 5 wt. sing. Sorry to say the third run told us to move on!

Guys this male largemouth is a late entry for this post that l landed last week fishing with Jeff on Ryan Creek near Smith Lake Dam. It was not in great condition, the largest part of this fish was its head. It was released to beef up for the winter. 

Not all rock walls on Smith will produce fish. The water depths on some walls are 60 to 70 feet deep. The best walls to concentrate on are the 15 to 25 foot depths which is where the bass were taken on this morning outing. I'm hoping to be back on the tailrace in a couple of weeks. October the 22nd will be the next trout stocking. In the meantime landing these epic fighting spotted bass will keep my fishing buddies and I busy.

6 comments:

Mark Kautz said...

Took a look at the lake on Google. A lot of great reviews. 4.8 on a scale of 5. That's pretty nice.

Brk Trt said...

Bill nice bunch of bass there. They are feeding heavy now in preparation for winter.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Of all the lakes I have fished over the years; Smith Lake is the best for landing quality fish and certainly for the scenery. A lot of indivduals who fish the lake don't catch fish becasue they try to fish it with heavy lures and tackle. Going light fishing its super clear waters is the way to to be productive on the lake. Me and a couple of my fishing buddies are the only ones who fish the lake with a fly rod. In fact, I fish the lake much more than the tailrace below the dam. I can escape the huge crowds at the tailrace and fish isolated waters on the lake. In short, I can hear my drag sing on my fly reels on the lake as opposed to the tailrace!!
Hope you guys are doing well and thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I can't begin to tell you how much fun it is to land the Spotted Bass on Smith. I have said this before but I will remind myself again, that I missed out on a lot of fly fishing when I was younger. Now I am playing catch up, going at least 3 times a week. I hate to see the season end for this year. When it starts getting really cold I hang up the fly rod and get ready for another spring season coming soon. Thanks for the comment

rivertoprambles said...

Pleased to hear that the bass fishing down your way has been good, and that it's offered you some fun and companionship. I missed out on my smallmouth attempts this year, but there's always hope for another good season.

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
The warmer temps have made for some excellent fall bass fishing on Smith this year for me and some of my fly fishing buddies who I can count on one hand. No one but me and a couple of guys I fish with fly fish Smith Lake. I wish that were true on the Sipsey Tailrace where I trout fish. I'm already looking forward to next season as well as you I'm sure for a fantastic fly fishing season next year. Can you believe we are approaching 2021, we must be getting old!! Thanks for the comment