The Beginning of a New season

Early spring on Watauga Lake

Trolling for trout on a cold late-winter dayNice winter smallmouth on a swimbaitSmallmouth comparison

A pair of three-and-three quarter pound smallmouth bass; the fish at top from Minnesota, the bottom fish from Tennessee. The differences in body shape, girth and length were topics Jonathan VanDam and I discussed at a recent fishing show. But north or south, we agreed they’re among the most exciting of all freshwater game fish.

Big winter rainbowAverage brown trout on a Lucky Craft PointerWinter river smallmouth on a plastic crawEarly winter river smallmouthSwimbaits for river smallmouths

Slim profile swimbaits in three-and-three-quarter to four inch lengths mimic native river minnows perfectly. A few from my tool box, from the top right: Keitech Easy Shiner, Lunker City Swimmin’ Ribster, Zoom Swimmin Super Fluke Jr., River Rock Custom Baits RR Striker and Keitech Swim Impact. These thinner models match well with Owner Ultraheads. The thicker bodies of the Keitech’s Swim Impact Fat and Strike King’s KVD Swim’n Caffeine Shad pictured at top left match best with weighted EWG hooks. And remember, you’ll use less baits if you super glue each to the hook before use.

March river walleyes

Footnote: Oh yeah, walleyes are up in the rivers; time for a fresh fish fry!

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