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Fall River Smallmouth Bass.

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

I look forward to our fall season each year for a couple of reasons. The 1st is the annual steelhead and trout migrations into our Great Lakes tributaries and the 2nd reason the hot smallmouth bass action before freeze-up.

One of my favorite locations to target fall smallmouth is definitely moving water and I’m talking big moving water like the Niagara & St. Lawrence Rivers. Smallmouth Bass in rivers can move around as much as river walleye but if you have good electronics and you know what to look for in the fall, you can find feeding smallmouths consistently.

Underwater structure in 20-30′ are my “go-to” locations. These areas not only act as current “breaks” along the bottom, but they attract smaller fish like the invasive Goby, and a variety of bottom dwelling baitfish and even young gamefish that a hungry smallmouth won’t think twice about grabbing.

My lures of choice are either a minnow imitating soft-plastic like the Lunker City Fin-S Fish or Swimming Ribster, or a tube.

I fish both as close as possible to the bottom either dragging them or gently jigging them. Often times the pick-up feels light a snag until the rod starts to bounce, then I know I have a Smallie on.

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Canadian Sportfishing Series exclusive Repeat “Florida Saltwater Adventure.” on Sportsman Channel Canada Oct.14, 2019

Posted on Monday, October 14, 2019

Sportsman Channel & WFN, Mon. Oct.14, 2019, 10:30 am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Big River Walleye.”

Mon @4am ET

Tues. @5pm ET

Wed. @6:30am ET

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Cooler temps/Hot Smallie action.

Posted on Monday, October 14, 2019

Dedicated Smallmouth Bass anglers that fish the Great Lakes like Lake Erie, the St. Lawrence system and Lake Simcoe know that even in extremely cold water temperatures and late, late fall, you can have some amazing smallmouth bass action.

This is true since smallmouths move shallow in early fall and then migrate to slightly deeper water as water temps really drop. In many cases when they move off the shorelines they school up together and it’s common to find “mother-loads” of smallies that are eager to feed either right on the bottom, or suspended in the water column.

Depending on the waters, you may need to fish soft-plastic along the bottom, vertical jig in the water column with the same type of spoons used for ice fishing, or work crankbaits anywhere from 8-30+ feet down. This is where it pays off to experiment.

On a recent trip, Gabor Horvat had all his success on fishing crankbaits off shorline and working them back to the boat. In the fall don’t be disappointed if you don’t hook up bass right away. As the surface water warms up from the sun some of the best fishing is 10am-2pm.

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Italo Labignan video, Yamaha outboards for running fast and trolling slow.

Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2019

Italo Labignan video, kicker-motors for efficient trolling.

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Italo Labignan video, “wacky-rigging”.

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2019

Italo Labignan video, rigging & fishing “wacky-style”.

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