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Summer Smallmouth Bass Fishing 2014

In this video, we are going to be kayak fishing for smallmouth bass on the Columbia River We are going to be fishing from May, when the springtime spawning is over, until August, when we switch over to fishing for salmon and steelhead In late spring, the water temperature is still pretty cool, so fishing along the rocky shoreline is still very productive Lead head grubs and plastic worms worked the best for us, but swimbaits and crankbaits can also be effective Plenty of bigger bass ready to bite! This time of year, the water level in the river is pretty high so there are more places to fish The Columbia River can be over 100′ deep in spots, but in many places, it’s only a few feet deep “That’s a big one” Another big Columbia River smallmouth bass! Calm winds and sunny skies don’t happen every day here in the Pacific Northwest in late spring so you have to get out there when conditions are good Another nice smallmouth! The wind is starting to pick up a little It’s not too bad now, but the conditions can change very quickly here and we are about a mile from the launch site so you have to pay attention to the weather, even if the fish are biting Another nice fish We’ve headed east to one of our favorite smallmouth bass fishing spots; the John Day River We’re fishing the rivermouth of the John Day where it meets the main channel of the Columbia River “You can catch fish like this size all day long,” “literally, every cast, you can catch a fish like this here” “on the John Day” The John Day River is one of the premiere smallmouth bass fishing spots in the United States Catching a fish on every cast is not unusual Let’s try again in pretty much the same spot That didn’t take long! “Every cast!” Not the biggest fish, but fun to catch Another hookup! This is a pretty good spot Smallmouth bass are great fighters, even smaller fish are fun to catch on light tackle [Loud train noise] Not exactly the wilderness here… The noisy train doesn’t seem to bother the fish, they keep right on biting Right back out in the same spot… …and another hookup! We’ve moved across the river to look for some bigger fish, it didn’t take long to get hooked up This one is a little bigger One fish is hooked up and there’s another bass checking out the action This bass hit a spinnerbait We seem to have found fish that are a little bigger Another feisty smallmouth! Here, we are fishing at the mouth of the Deschutes River and Miller Island The combination of wind in the Columbia Gorge and low water levels below The Dalles dam, this is a pretty good place to try That’s a pretty decent fish As the water temperature reaches the warmest of the year and river water levels drop, the bass head for deeper water and they are a little harder to find When that happens, we switch over to a Carolina rig, which is a sliding sinker bottom setup, and a live nightcrawler There are a lot of fish in the Columbia River When you use live bait, you never know what you might catch This is definitely not a smallmouth bass “Whoa!” Got the smallmouth bass rig maxxed out here “A little undergunned…” There’s the fish! It’s a white sturgeon I’ll unhook this fish and let it go Another nice smallmouth bass on the Carolina rig Another hookup with some river barge traffic going by If you’re in shallow water, you have to watch out for the wake from these barges Most of the bass we caught in this spot were pretty nice fish All the fish are at the bottom in at least 15′ of water This fish was really hungry; he had a fish in his mouth and still swallowed a big nightcrawler Another hookup! This feels like a nice fish Another nice Columbia River smallmouth We are heading to Eastern Oregon to try our luck It’s different from the Columbia Gorge and the western Columbia River, hot and dry here There are a lot of places to fish and the fishing is usually pretty good A nice smallmouth bass from the eastern stretch of the river The cool morning sessions resulted in plenty of good bass fishing Perfect kayak fishing conditions This looks like a nice fish Another beautiful Columbia River smallmouth bass


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