How To Find Summer Smallmouth (Proven Tactics)

Hank Parker's Fishing Tips

Hank Parker tells you how to find smallmouth bass in summer. This is a must-see tip from the 2-time Classic champ that will help you catch more smallmouth.

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Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here with, and welcome to another edition of Hank Parker's Fishing Tips, sitting here in Hank's boat, sitting here hanging out, answering your questions. Hank, this week's question, it comes from Port Sanders in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Portia Sanders, sorry about that, Portia Sanders in Green Bay, Wisconsin. "What's the best strategy for finding groups of pelagic smallmouth in mid-to-late summer?"

Hank: Pelagic? Help me out here. 

Glenn: That's like roaming schools of bass. 

Hank: Oh, you're way above my...pelagic schools of bass. I tell you, those wolf pack schools of smallmouth and largemouth can be caught. Topwater bait's probably the most effective method for catching when they're roaming, and it is a method that it seems like every year plays a huge factor in the Forrest Wood Cup. The Forrest Wood Cup, FLW Tournaments, are held usually late summer: late July, mid August, somewhere in that range, even late August. And those wolf packs are a big factor every year on who wins the Forrest Wood Cup, whether it's largemouth or smallmouth.

So when you see those big schools of bass that are roaming around just at random, not holding on that structure, back off, come back to the area, give 'em a little bit of room. Usually you'll spook them when you first pull up on 'em unless you're very fortunate to see them at long distance, but there's no better way, in my opinion, catching those fish than a topwater. 

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