How do you catch a creek smallmouth in the winter?

How to Catch Monster Winter Smallmouths

  1. Look For Smallies in the Transition Areas. “Anywhere there’s a transition from hard to soft bottom is a great place to start,” says Mengel.
  2. Hit Rock Eddies With Soft Plastic Tubes.
  3. Fish Deep Holes For Smallmouth Bass With Jigs.
  4. Find the Warmest Part of The River.

Is smallmouth fishing good in the fall?

When the water starts to cool down in mid to late September, the fall smallmouth start to feed up for the winter months. Fall smallmouth can be found across the United States and Canada and the fishing can be absolutely awesome through the month of October and sometimes even into November, depending on the weather.

Where do River smallmouth go in the fall?

Look for deep holes with a minimal amount of current. In cold water smallmouth will avoid the current as much as possible. Deep holes above dams can be sleeper areas for big fish. The best deep water area above a dam will be just off the main river channel out of the main current flow.

When should I start smallmouth fishing?

Smallmouth fishing is generally better in the early spring than largemouth fishing might be, since smallmouths tend to be more active in cold water. Begin looking for them when the water temperature is in the mid-40s.

What can I use for creek fishing?

Start with small lures, and then gradually work up as you gain confidence. In cooler creeks, tiny jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits may be the ticket for trout or smallmouth bass. In warmer creeks, white bass will hammer underspin jigs or small spoons.

What’s the best bait for smallmouth bass?

6 of the Best Smallmouth Bass Lures

  1. Blade Baits. Fishing blade baits for smallmouth is an excellent cold water technique, but can also be very effective during the warmer months too.
  2. Small Soft Plastics.
  3. Jigs.
  4. Jerkbaits.
  5. Crankbaits and Spinnerbaits.
  6. Topwater Lures.

Where can I find smallmouth in the fall?

Wing dams, islands, sand drops and mouths to backwaters all provide excellent areas for baitfish balls to group up and create ambush points for schools of smallmouths. Those same large eddies become wintering locations for smallmouths so they don’t have to move much and are often found in water less than 10 feet deep.