Smallmouth bass are regarded as the hardest fighting freshwater fish. It is also often referred to as the brown bass, brownies, bronzebacks, smalls and smallies. Many anglers love the challenge of catching these aggressive fish and the great feeling after a well-fought battle.
Smallmouth bass thought by most people to be the sportiest freshwater fish. They are known for their fighting stamina and beyond belief leaping ability. Like largemouths, they will take almost any kind of lure or bait, but they commonly prefer smaller sizes. Favorites include jigs, crankbaits, spinners, streamer flies, shiner minnow, crayfish, hellgrammites, leeches, and nightcrawlers.
The jaw of a smallmouth bass, which extends directly below the eye, is smaller compared to that of a largemouth bass. Its cheeks have from twelve to seventeen rows of scales and the dorsal fins are joined with ten spines and thirteen to fourteen soft rays.
It is golden bronze or brown in color, with a lighter, more creamy underbelly that the largemouth which has a greenish one. It has vertical dark bands or marks on the sides and its eyes have a dash of red.
Most smallmouth weigh between 1 and 1.5 and they can run as high as 4 or 5 pounds.
In Lake Kabetogama and Namakan, August and September can provide some fantastic fishing for trophy smallmouth. Try fishing around the rocky islands in 20-25 feet of water with a plastic lure such as a Mister Twister, Fuzzy Grub, etc. Small Rapalas can also be deadly for bass. Favorite locations on Kabetogama include Sugarbush Island (I prefer the west side from the houseboat site south), Cutover Island, mainly along the east side and Ship Wreck Islands.