Shoal Bass River Fishing Facts and Information
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 seem to be able to survive in lakes and reservoirs as has been reported by the department of fisheries.
The best techniques that will land Shoal Bass are no different from those used to catch Redeye Bass and Striped Bass. In fact, those techniques in the spring, summer, autumn and winter are all river techniques but focus on techniques effected by changing weather and water conditions.
Shoal Bass enjoy the same food that other bass enjoy, including crayfish fathead minnows, golden shiners, leeches and plastic worms. These food are also top foods for many other local fish so it is not uncommon to land other species. The best way to weed out other fish is to focus on larger portions aimed at the the larger Shoal Bass.
Fly-fishing is best suited for river conditions. We recommend fly fishing for the spring and summer months and early fall. During this time, use dry flies. Dry flies won’t sink and will reduce the risk of getting snagged far more than casting methods. As with bait casting, focus on riffles and pools.
We recommend using a nine-foot, nine line weighted rod with a weight forward floating fly line. Shad coloured flies work as well as damselfly flies and deer-hair flies.
When using baits and lures, locate deep pockets in shoals and riffles. Work the bait between the depths of 18 inches to seven feet, especially in the cooler months. In summer and late spring, the Shoal Bass even come to the surface chasing after small bait fish like minnows.