Jump to content
Jamie68

Smallmouth baits non craws

Recommended Posts

What are some lures / colors  / techniques that you recommend for smallmouth that don't include craws?  The lake that I typically target smallmouth there aren't any craws in the lake and haven't had the most luck of craws. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are crayfish in virtually every permanent body of water; I'd be very surprised if there aren't any in your lake!

 

But try 3-4 inch tubes, grubs, stickworms, and paddle-tail swimbaits.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Find out what the dominant baitfish are in the area. The maybe feeding on some sort of shad or maybe goby's. I could tell you what works around here but it will be different than your area.

 

Allen

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hard to imagine smallies with no craws - 

But, I bet they'll eat a perch . . .

1447351749802.jpg:smiley:

A-Jay

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll second the 3.5" tubes. They nearly always work. Also, I dropshot KVD dream shot worms and have good results. It's hard to beat a smallmouth hitting topwater lures too. I swear by the super spook junior. When smallies hit that thing it actually scares me sometimes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Jamie68 said:

there aren't any craws in the lake

Ok then fish a live crawfish on bottom and come back in a few days to tell us what happens. I would be very surprised if you don't catch a smallmouth.....but if not then I would consider soaking a 3 or 4 inch Leech either live or the Berkley Gulp Leeches. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's hard to imagine a smallmouth bass lake that doesn't have a crayfish (crawdad) population, it's the primary food source.

Are you asking about soft plastics without claws? Worms, tubes, grubs, beavers, flukes, Senko's, Sluggo's, etc, etc. RI Smallie Beaver replicates several prey types for example.

Tom

PS, set a crawdad trap out for a few nights.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Non craw baits that have produced for me are:

squarebills, deep cranks, poppers, whopper plopper, roboworms, senko, Small spinners, scoungers, tubes. Use mainly shad imitations for the color. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Throw a 5 inch Caffeine Shad rigged on 4/0, 3/32 oz Owner Twistlock Light.  Cast out to a high percentage spot... let it sink (and do it’s thing for 4 seconds) then twitch, twitch (and do its thing 4 seconds)... twitch, twitch... Rinse and repeat...

 

https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Strike_King_KVD_Perfect_Plastic_Caffeine_Shad_5_8pk/descpage-SKPCS.html

 

https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Owner_Weighted_Twistlock_Light_3pk/descpage-OWTL.html

 

It flat out works for Smallmouth... 

 

I like Pearl, Glacier and Siren for Smallmouth.  Buddy of mine swears by Bubble Gum...

 

Can’t argue...

 

CB5A61DE-AC76-4F63-A4C9-D08CDF655656.jpeg

2D4EA277-0C38-467F-BC4F-320524FEFF40.jpeg

  • Like 7

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is the only lure I have that has out-fished live bait:

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yamamoto 5" Pro Senko on a Ned head will get your arms torn off.  At least on the lakes I have fished in Wisconsin.  Also a drop shot with a Shad Shape Worm by Yamamoto.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another VERY productive lure is the BPS Tender Tube #71

 

:fishing-026:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I highly doubt there are no crawfish in the lake.  There was a shallow, weedy lake in southern Michigan and one year in the spring I helped reel in and clear out a debris cover for a cottage owner.   The cover sat on the bottom for about 40' and it went out about 15'.  It was used to collect all the leaves that would accumulate on the shoreline so as to preserve a nice sandy beach for the cottage owners.  Oh my- the amount of crawfish that were in this small section of shoreline was staggering.  I never really thought of the lake as a crawfish lake and figured the bass just eat bluegill but this made me realize how much they eat crawfish.   I used to swim in this area all the time and was always looking at the bottom of this clear lake and never saw anything.  To get back to your question, there's crawfish there and you don't even realize it.  Those suckers are not always easy to see.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lots of great smallmouth baits ... because smallmouth, if they're active and you find them, will eat d**n near anything they can choke down. I'd argue 95%+ of smallmouth waters have at least 1 species of crayfish. They also love: gobies, madtoms, perch, small sunfish, virtually any fry or minnow species, helgrammites (and lots of other nymphs and adult flies), shad, alewives, frogs, mice, leaches, sculpins, etc.  They're super versatile predators.  

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Slow roll AYU color Keitech Fat Impact Swings on underspins. Ned rig. Biffle bugs on swing heads are great. Spy baits.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Small mouth tend to be fairly aggressive when the bite is on and the will eat pretty much anything you have tied on.  I have produced many smallmouth on Berkley Power Bait 10" Power Worms.  The small mouth just cant resist them especially on warmer summer days.  4 to 5 inch Keitech Easy Shinner on a 1/8oz  weighted gamagatsu swimbait hook or an owner flash swimmer.  Zoom Salty Super Fluke will get the job done as well. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I catch a lot of smallmouth at the lake I fish on 6-10 ft diving crankbaits casting parallel to the bank and bouncing them off rocks. We have lots of shad so I go with those colors. If you have more bluegill, perch, or other baitfish you may try those colors. 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've fished a lake that had no crawfish because they would be unable to survive in the low pH acidic water.  That is a very rare situation, though and there were no smallmouth in the lake.  Most freshwater lakes have them.  There are over 300 species in the US.

 

I've found that cranks and jerkbaits in various colors work well for smallies.  Another go to would be a walking/popping topwater.  I like the Popmax.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Try a hair jig, Feider Fly from outkast tackle is a good option.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll throw a curve ball in here that has been a big producer for myself with smallies: spinnerbait. KVD Double Willow, Sexy Shad 1/2oz

 

Another lure I've made a regular in my smallie arsenal is the MegaBass Dark Sleeper. The profile is perfect for the mouth size, a weedless presentation so you can bounce it much like a jig. A little pricey but absolutely effective.

IMG_20180823_182506_244.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tubes, smaller tubes, ned rig...... and squarebills in green pumpkin or some variant of gp!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing forum

    fishing

    fishing forum

    fishing rods

    fishing poles

    fishing

    fishing reels

    fishing poles

    fishing

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×
×
  • Create New...