Fishing the flats can be just as productive as fishing the drop-offs for smallmouth bass. During the spring, smallmouth bass will come onto the flats in bays and along shorelines to get ready to spawn. If you are fishing in clear water, the sight fishing can be unbelievable during this time of year. Swimming grubs and tubes can be very effective for active bass on the flats during the spring. Once bass are on the beds, tubes, grubs and soft plastics work well, but you may need to jig them repeatedly in the bed to get a strike. Shaky head jigs and even drop-shot rigs can help you twitch your bait without moving it out of the bed. A quick catch and release is key for getting the big females back on their beds without doing them any harm.
Once the spawn is over and the fish move deeper, the better fishing will usually occur in deeper water, but the flats can still provide some good fishing for smallmouth bass very early in the morning, just before dark and at night. The better flats during the summer and fall are the flats that have rocks and nice deeper water nearby.
Drifting the Flats w/ Live Bait for Smallmouth Bass – When you have some wind, drifting the flats with live bait can be one of the most productive ways to catch smallmouth bass on the flats. Watch Video.
Awesome Lures for Covering Water on the Flats
Using Grubs for Smallmouth Bass – Grubs are one of the best baits to catch smallies, especially when smallmouth bass are all over the flats. Learn how to work these baits and catch more fish in this video. Watch Video.
Using Swimming Worms for Smallmouth Bass – Grubs are one of the best baits to catch smallies, especially when smallmouth bass are all over the flats. Learn how to work these baits and catch more fish in this video. Watch Video.