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Smallmouth Bass and Lumber

By Nic DiGravio

Lumber can be an effective asset in finding Smallmouth Bass. Especially shores littered with fallen trees, stumps or flooded timber.

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But not all shorelines riddled with lumber produce Smallmouth. The key characteristic to look for is a good steady sloping bottom. Smallmouth occupy the deeper water column for refuge from the suns hot rays. The shallower the shoreline the quicker the sun will warm it, lumber or not. So if the shoreline looks good with good lumber Bass potential and you find that you are in 3 feet of water, 30 or so feet away, then it may be too warm to house Smallmouth. But if that same scenario found us in 10 or 12 feet of water, well, let the Bass games begin!

The Bass’ prey utilizes the lumber for cover and the Smallmouth are always a short distance away. Remember, they have the deeper water in close proximity. So travel is at a minimum for the Bass. Therefore, they will tend to stage much longer in such real estate before warmer temperatures eventually get them in the deeper summer transition.

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