Catching Smallmouth on the Rock River

The Rock is full of Smallmouth Bass this year. They must have been having a good spawn the last few years. They disappear for a while and probably will again. The water has been high and pretty clear, so we have them. I have always known that when the water is high look for fish on the top end of the pools or sloughs, and when it’s low look on the lower end.

I like to use a 1/8th ounce jig with a twister because it seems to stay out of the snags better. I also use a small spinnerbait or crankbait. I have an anchor that doesn’t catch too good so it lets me drift down river along the bank, and I just feed out more rope when I want top stop. The banks aren’t the only place to find fish, anywhere where you have large rocks and fast current you’ll find Smallmouth. Like with Walleye, when you have a lot of current look for current breaks, when there isn’t much current look for strong current.

The biggest fish usually hang around the places hardest to fish, where the current just rips the water through and is hard to get an anchor to stick. Most of the Smallmouth are on the small side but occasionally one can catch a 3 or 4 pounder.

The fish also like the dam area. One good thing about fishing for Smallies is you can also catch Catfish, White Bass or who knows what.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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