Smallmouth bass are popular sport for fishermen but did you know these 8 interesting facts about smallmouth bass?

1. Various Names

Smallmouth bass have a variety of nicknames used by fishermen; they can be called “brownies”, “bronzebacks”, “smalls”, “smallies” and “brown bass”.

2. The Colour

As the names imply, the fish is a brown or bronze colour with dark bands on the sides and a much paler coloured underside. The eyes have a little red in them.

3. The Weight

Average weight for a small is 1 to 1.5 pounds but they can get as big as 5 pounds.

4. The Look

The smallmouth bass, as you might imagine, has a smaller jaw than the largemouth bass which extends right beneath the eye.

5. Sporty Fish

Smallmouth bass are hardy fish which put up a good fight. Often thought to be the feistiest of freshwater fish, they have incredible stamina and an amazing ability to leap in the air.

6. The Bait

The brown bass will go for just about any bait attached to any lure but their preference is for smaller lures. They have a few favourites including crayfish, spinners and shiner minnows to name but a few.

7. Habitat

Smallmouths prefer cool, clean water but they will move around according to food availability and temperature changes. They won’t stick around in polluted water and prefer a gravel bottom strewn with rocks rather than sand or mud.

In rivers, they like shallow rock pools or grassy patches which attract food. As the weather warms, they move to deeper pools and faster flowing areas which are more to their taste for cool water. In lakes they also move deeper to avoid heat.

8. Spawning Time

Spawning time is normally from April to June in a temperature of 62 to 65 and in water between 2 and 10 feet deep.

The male acts as “mum” by creating the nest in a small circular patch which he’s cleared and which he guards after spawning for around a month while the babies learn to swim.

So, if you’re looking to catch smallmouth bass, these 8 tips will be useful to help you locate them.

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