Smallmouth Bass

Micropterus dolomieui

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The mouth of a small mouth bass can only be considered small when compared with a large mouth bass. Like the largemouth is sucks its prey into its mouth rather than biting it. It prefers the clear and cooler water of rivers and deep lakes. Growing to a maximum of 12 pounds, they usually weigh from 1 1/2 to 3 lbs. Pound for pound smallmouth bass are considered by most fishermen to be a stronger fighter than the largemouth. Favored lures are jigs in the 1/8 to 1/2 ounce range with a three to four inch plastic grub, inline spinners, plastic worms in the 4 to 6 inch ranged. During the heat of the day they will seek shelter in the cooler depths, perhaps 10 feet or more. A favorite natural bait is the Hellgrammite, the larvae of the dobson fly although they feed heavily on crayfish and other fish as well.