River Fishing for Smallmouth: Tips and Techniques for Catching More Fish

River Fishing for Smallmouth: Tips and Techniques for Catching More Fish

If you're looking for a fun and exciting way to spend a day on the water, consider river fishing for smallmouth bass. These feisty fish are known for their acrobatic jumps and powerful fights, making them a favorite among anglers of all skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, there are a few tips and techniques you can use to increase your chances of success.


One of the most important things you'll need for river fishing is the right equipment. You'll want a rod and reel that can handle the power of a smallmouth, as well as a variety of lures and baits to entice them to bite. One great option is the 2.5" Green Pumpkin NED Craw soft plastic fishing bait, which mimics small crawfish and is one of the most realistic NED rigging craw baits on the market.

Green Pumpkin NED Craw Soft Plastic Fishing Bait

This compact bait measures 2.5" from the tip of the tail to the tip of the 3D claws, making it great for the NED rig, Texas rig, or small jig heads. With six baits per pack, you'll have plenty to last you through a long day on the river. And because these baits float, they work best on a true finesse set up with light line on a spinning rod.

If you're looking for other types of lures and baits to try, consider topwater plugs, spinnerbaits, and jigs. It's a good idea to bring a variety of options so you can switch things up if the fish aren't biting.


When it comes to river fishing for smallmouth, location is key. Look for areas of the river where the water is flowing faster, such as riffles and runs. Smallmouth like to hang out in these areas because the faster water brings in more food and oxygen.

You'll also want to look for structure, such as rocks, logs, and weed beds. Smallmouth like to hide in these areas and ambush their prey, so casting your lure near these structures can be a great way to entice a bite.


One of the most effective techniques for river fishing for smallmouth is to use a slow, steady retrieve. Cast your lure near a structure or into a riffle, and then slowly reel it in. Smallmouth are often attracted to the movement of the lure, so a slow and steady retrieve can be very enticing.

You can also try using a jig and pig, which is a jig with a pork trailer. This technique can be particularly effective in murky water or when the fish are in a feeding frenzy.

When you do get a bite, be prepared for a fight. Smallmouth are known for their jumps and acrobatics, so you'll need to keep a tight line and be ready to reel in quickly if they decide to make a run for it.

With these tips and techniques, you'll be well on your way to catching more smallmouth on your next river fishing trip. And don't forget to bring along your 2.5" Green Pumpkin NED Craw soft plastic fishing bait - it just might be the ticket to your next big catch!

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