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In-Fisherman

Within a specific range of sizes and actions, plastic worms are the most versatile and most effective tools to use for smallmouths in lakes. The right worm is 4 to 5 inches long and relatively thin.

In-Fisherman

Smallmouths often suspend over relatively deep water in reservoirs and natural lakes in summer, when baitfish populations peak. In reservoirs, they tend to follow shad or shiners.

In-Fisherman

Smallmouths can winter deep in reservoirs, down to 50 feet or deeper. Wherever 50-foot flats exist, that's where they'll be whether it's in a creek arm or the main reservoir.

In-Fisherman

It's typical to have smallmouths congregate on humps and sunken islands that top out at 15 to 25 feet deep during fall in natural lakes.

In-Fisherman

One of the simplest, most efficient, and most effective ways for walleyes during fall is shorecasting at night.