River smallies with Bob Barker
Bob’s new favorite smallmouth crankbait, a small shallow-runner in a crappie color pattern.
Those river smallmouths loved it!
The smallmouth on the left is a post-spawn fish; long and thin with tattered fins. The chunk on
the right is a mid-summer fish; fins healed, stocky and ready for trouble.
Some of my most reliable early-summer river smallmouth lures include, from the top, small
poppers, soft-plastic stickbaits or minnow lures to match cover conditions, shallow running
crankbaits in colors to match water clarity, tube baits and three-inch grubs. With this collection
of tools I can cover depths from the surface into the deepest pools with a variety of actions.