Category: Shoal Bass
The Shoal Bass did not officially have a name. While doing the necessary homework to have the Shoal Bass reclassified, Burgess and Williams found that it had locally been called the Shoal Bass since the 1970s so they adopted...Read More
The pattern of blotches and stripes is much busier than that of a Stripped Bass, Redeye Bass or even Spotted Bass. Shoal bass are olive green to black along the back or top of the fish. A dusky dark blotch occurs on the back...Read More
If you notice minnows and other baitfish splashing and jumping around at the top of the water, try fishing in these areas as Shoal Bass are often there along with other bass species so landing other popular bass in these areas...Read More
Try using a subsurface minnow bait like the woolly bugger in a way to replicate the movements of dragonfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs, leeches and minnows. Shoal Bass do not under go any changes in chemistry from spring to summer....Read More
Like other Black Bass, the Shoal Bass waits in Shoal and riffles to ambush its prey. Shoal bass are found in rocky shoals, avoiding most other habitats and not likely to travel far out of these areas. They prefer slow moving to...Read More
Since this is not an environment for catching Shoal Bass, there are no techniques for lake fishing and we don’t even recommend even trying to look for them here. Lake Fishing? Shoal bass are found in river habitats with...Read More
Do not charge at the bass with your lure. Bring the lure or bait with in a few feet of their location, jigging the lure about to attract their attention. Night fishing is a little different from fishing during the day for many...Read More
The male builds the nest prior to spawning in water depths of around one to eight feet with water temperature a factor in the actual depth. Shoal bass spawning starts in April and ends in June. If the year starts off warm, the...Read More
When using baits and lures, locate deep pockets in shoals and riffles. Lakes and Reservoirs Shoal Bass spend their entire life living in a river habitat and do not adapt to slack water conditions. They do not like nor do they...Read More
Standard Texas and Carolina rigs work well, Texas rigs being the best for younger anglers. Catching Shoal Bass in the autumn months is a simple affair with the right lures, flies and techniques, which work well with other river...Read More
A slow sinking line is sufficient on an ultra light weight rod. For the reel, any smooth drag reel will work fine. No Deep Water Fishing? There are no "deep-water" techniques for catching Shoal Bass as their habitat is...Read More
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Smallmouth Bass prefer cool, oxygen rich water.
Therefore, try streams and rivers with fast moving water. Smallmouth can also be found behind brush or other debris and where rocks breach the surface, creating oxygen rich water.