July has flown by but for good reason. I have been on the water 17 days this month and more to go. Fishing has been up and down and a lot of thats due to the weather. High barometric pressure seems to be the culprit. I have never really paid much attention to the pressure but I have noticed it more this month affecting the smallmouth’s activity. This week while I was on the water, the pressure seemed to stay steady or rising above 30.00, keeping fish deeper and sluggish. When pressure was good the fishing was good.
Topwater bites have been on fire. Once the sun is high, big bass start hanging in the shade making them easier targets. Annual cicadas, damsel, dragonflies, and beetles are out and providing the fish with some easy meals. During this time, poppers or sliders are a great choice. When a bass sees a bug or what he thinks is a bug, its an easy meal and the bass does not have to work as hard to eat. If you are faced with sluggish deepwater bass, about the only thing you can do is get low and slow with your presentation. I, on the other hand, hate fishing that way. I will typically stay close to the banks finding fish that will eat without going deep. As annual cicadas start to die off and hit the water, big smallmouth will cruise or wait for something to splat the surface.
My August calendar is filled, but September still has several openings. September is a great month for smallmouth bass and provides some of best surface eats of the season.