Smallmouth bass have taken up residency in the shade of the banks on these hot sunny days. The past few days have been great throwing poppers to the banks. Average fish on top water flies have been 14 to 16 inches and we have landed many 17 and 18 inch bass also. My anglers have had some brutes on but not many have been landed. The big bass once hooked have been taking hard long runs with a few jumps to throw our flies. Trey Oliver from Charlotte was able to hang on to all of his fish hooked yesterday and landed his best smallmouth bass at 20 1/4 inches.