Summer Smallmouth Bass Fishing 2014

In this video, we are going to be kayak fishing for smallmouth bass on the Columbia RiverWe are going to be fishing from May, when the springtime spawning is over,until August, when we switch over to fishing for salmon and steelheadIn late spring, the water temperature is still pretty cool,so fishing along the rocky shoreline is still very productiveLead head grubs and plastic worms worked the best for us,but swimbaits and crankbaits can also be effectivePlenty of bigger bass ready to bite!This time of year, the water level in the river is pretty highso there are more places to fishThe Columbia River can be over 100′ deep in spots,but in many places, it’s only a few feet deep”That’s a big one”Another big Columbia River smallmouth bass!Calm winds and sunny skies don’t happen every day here in the Pacific Northwest in late spring so you have to get out there when conditions are goodAnother nice smallmouth!The wind is starting to pick up a littleIt’s not too bad now,but the conditions can change very quickly hereand we are about a mile from the launch siteso you have to pay attention to the weather,even if the fish are bitingAnother nice fishWe’ve headed east to one of our favorite smallmouth bass fishing spots;the John Day RiverWe’re fishing the rivermouth of the John Daywhere it meets the main channel of the Columbia River”You can catch fish like this size all day long,””literally, every cast, you can catch a fish like this here””on the John Day”The John Day River is one of the premiere smallmouth bassfishing spots in the United StatesCatching a fish on every cast is not unusualLet’s try again in pretty much the same spotThat didn’t take long!”Every cast!”Not the biggest fish, but fun to catchAnother hookup!This is a pretty good spotSmallmouth bass are great fighters,even smaller fish are fun to catch on light tackle Not exactly the wilderness here. . . The noisy train doesn’t seem to bother the fish,they keep right on bitingRight back out in the same spot. . . . . . and another hookup!We’ve moved across the river to look for some bigger fish,it didn’t take long to get hooked upThis one is a little biggerOne fish is hooked up and there’s another bass checking out the actionThis bass hit a spinnerbaitWe seem to have found fish that are a little biggerAnother feisty smallmouth!Here, we are fishing at the mouth of the Deschutes River and Miller IslandThe combination of wind in the Columbia Gorgeand low water levels below The Dalles dam,this is a pretty good place to tryThat’s a pretty decent fishAs the water temperature reaches the warmest of the year and river water levels drop,the bass head for deeper water and they are a little harder to findWhen that happens, we switch over to a Carolina rig,which is a sliding sinker bottom setup, and a live nightcrawlerThere are a lot of fish in the Columbia RiverWhen you use live bait, you never know what you might catchThis is definitely not a smallmouth bass”Whoa!”Got the smallmouth bass rig maxxed out here”A little undergunned. . . “There’s the fish!It’s a white sturgeonI’ll unhook this fish and let it goAnother nice smallmouth bass on the Carolina rigAnother hookup with some river barge traffic going byIf you’re in shallow water,you have to watch out for the wake from these bargesMost of the bass we caught in this spot were pretty nice fishAll the fish are at the bottom in at least 15′ of waterThis fish was really hungry;he had a fish in his mouth and still swallowed a big nightcrawlerAnother hookup!This feels like a nice fishAnother nice Columbia River smallmouthWe are heading to Eastern Oregon to try our luckIt’s different from the Columbia Gorge and the western Columbia River,hot and dry hereThere are a lot of places to fish and the fishing is usually pretty goodA nice smallmouth bass from the eastern stretch of the riverThe cool morning sessions resulted in plenty of good bass fishingPerfect kayak fishing conditionsThis looks like a nice fishAnother beautiful Columbia River smallmouth basswatermanatwork. com

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