Trolling can be very effective when targeting smallmouth bass when these fish are in deeper water.  When the bass are shallow, you are better off casting so you don’t spook these shallow water fish.  Think deeper water and you’ll have more success.

Slow Trolling for Smallies (Trolling Motor)

Slow trolling with live baits and soft plastics is one of the more popular ways to target smallmouth bass in deeper water.  Use your trolling motor and keep the speed fairly slow and you’ll catch a lot of bass.

Deep Water Trolling with Your Big Motor

When you are looking to pick up the speed a little, try using your big motor and troll with crankbaits, swimbaits and spinners at the appropriate depths and you’ll catch plenty of smallmouth bass.