Casting Spoons can work well for smallmouth bass, although, most bass anglers don’t even carry these lures in their tackle box. Most anglers think of spoons as a lure for pike, muskie, salmon or trout. You may not always catch a lot of bass by casting spoons, but the bigger spoons do catch some very big bass.
Jigging Spoons are one of the best deep water fishing lures for smallmouth bass, although, most bass anglers rarely fish with them. When bass move deeper (15 to 30 feet of water), it is not uncommon for some anglers to catch bass in bunches by vertical jigging over bass that are suspended near schools of bait fish. Jigging spoons work well during the pre-spawn when bass are staging in deeper water near the shallow water spawning sites. These lures are also very effective during the hot summer months and in the late fall when more smallmouth bass are found in deeper water.