What I consider the smallmouth season has arrived. We had a very wet May and I was unable to get after the smallmouth bass during the latter part of the month. The first part of June I had a very relaxing week with my family at the beach. Even got in a little red fishing when I wasn’t boogie boarding with my six year old. Now I’m back and ready to toss poppers to the banks in hopes of a bronze back surprise. Last Sunday I did a trip back up at Lake Moomaw with a client looking to catch his first carp on the fly. The cicada emergence is in full swing up there and bugs literally all over the surface of the lake. We had no problems locating carp eating them on the surface. The bass on the other hand were not so interested in the cicadas anymore. We did find a few smallies on the lake that tried out our cicada pattern but nothing like it was two weeks ago. Carp fishing on the fly will continue to be outstanding on Lake Moomaw well into July.
My first smallmouth trip was Monday on the James river, the water was still a bit dirty from some hard t-storms a week prior. It cleared up throughout the day and we did well throwing streamers. Most of the fish were 13-17″ in length. Tuesday was the same in the morning started off with streamers then moved over to throwing topwater in the afternoon. The afternoon sun had some big fish stationed in the shade along the banks. We had shots and eats at a few fish in the citation size but none of them made it into the net. Topwater bite will do nothing but continue to get better as Summer is here. Hallelujah, smallmouth bass season is here!