UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - California Delta

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KIDS CLUB ANIMALS | SMALLMOUTH BASS

KIDS CLUB ANIMALS | SMALLMOUTH BASS
Smallmouth Bass

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Smallmouth bass live in freshwater lakes, rivers, creeks and reservoirs throughout the United States and Canada.  They are a favorite among anglers because of the strong fight they put up, and their frequency jumping above the water's surface during a fight.  While native to the upper and middle Mississippi River basin, the Saint Lawrence River - Great Lakes system, and the Hudson Bay basin, smallmouth can be found in other regions due to stocking efforts and illegal introductions.   

Generally speaking, smallmouth bass are brown with golden tints, red eyes and vertical bands rather than a horizontal band.  Their upper jaw extends to the middle of the eye.  Males are generally smaller than females, averaging two to two and a half pounds.  Females can range from three to eight pounds! Smallmouth tend to prefer clearer and cleaner water than largemouth, and can often be found in or near current (rivers and streams), and also calm water.  

SCIENTIFIC NAME:  Micropterus dolomieu

HABITAT:  Rocks, gravel, sand, weeds, man-made structure, riprap

RANGE: North America

CLASSIFICATION: Fish

DIET: Carnivore

NICKNAMES: Bronzeback, Smallmouth, Small Jaw, Smallie, Brownie, Football

Tags: kids-club  -s  -fish  -smallmouth-bass  small-mouth  animal 

Hoyle Ran Docks for Norman Win

Hoyle Ran Docks for Norman Win

Cody Hoyle of Rutherfordton, North Carolina, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 26 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division super-tournament on Lake Norman Sunday. Hoyle earned $6,896 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Freeman Went Old School on Rayburn

Freeman Went Old School on Rayburn

Glen Freeman of Zwolle, Louisiana, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 43 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division super-tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sunday. Freeman earned $8,211 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Rhode Dominates on Erie

Rhode Dominates on Erie

Jared Rhode of Port Clinton, Ohio, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 49 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division super-tournament on the Detroit River Sunday. Rhode earned $7,604 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Bass Flips up Super Tournament Title on Big O

Bass Flips up Super Tournament Title on Big O

Donny Bass of Naples, Florida, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division super-tournament on Lake Okeechobee Sunday. Bass earned $6,137 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Wagner Scores No. 13

Wagner Scores No. 13

Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale Sunday weighing 27 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Music City Division super-tournament on Old Hickory Lake. Wagner earned $4,949 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Arkansas Tech Claims Title at Home

Arkansas Tech Claims Title at Home

The Arkansas Tech University duo of Fletcher Nutt and Dustin Reid, both of Sheridan, Arkansas, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on the Arkansas River presented by Bass Pro Shops with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces. The victory earned the Wonder Boys’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Ginter Gets W on Mosquito Lake

Ginter Gets W on Mosquito Lake

Gary Ginter of Lakeview, Ohio, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 26 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division super-tournament on Mosquito Lake Sunday. Ginter earned $4,534 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Pinckneyville Wins Arkansas River Open

Pinckneyville Wins Arkansas River Open

Illinois’ Pinckneyville Community High School duo of Zachary Martin of Pinckneyville, Illinois, and Trey McKinney of Carbondale, Illinois, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 10 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Arkansas River Open. READ MORE »

Zwolle’s Freeman Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Sam Rayburn

Zwolle’s Freeman Wins Two-Day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Event on Sam Rayburn

BROOKELAND, Texas – Boater Glen Freeman of Zwolle, Louisiana, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 43 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division super-tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sunday. Freeman earned $8,211 for his efforts... READ MORE »

Arkansas Tech University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Tournament on Arkansas River presented by Bass Pro Shops

Arkansas Tech University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Tournament on Arkansas River presented by Bass Pro Shops

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Tech University duo of Fletcher Nutt and Dustin Reid, both of Sheridan, Arkansas, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on the Arkansas River presented by Bass Pro Shops with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces. The victory earned the Wonder Boys’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing... READ MORE »

Illinois’ Pinckneyville Community High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Arkansas River Open

Illinois’ Pinckneyville Community High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Arkansas River Open

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Illinois’ Pinckneyville Community High School duo of Zachary Martin of Pinckneyville, Illinois, and Trey McKinney of Carbondale, Illinois, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 10 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Arkansas River Open... READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from the St. Lawrence River

Top 10 Baits from the St. Lawrence River

Regardless of how far anglers ran, whether 95 miles or 5 miles, the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the St. Lawrence River presented by Gajo Baits really came down to a battle of deep versus shallow. Here’s a look at the baits that helped the top 10 get the job done on the St. Lawrence. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River

Top 10 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River

There were two big choices anglers had to make this week: how far should they run and should they fish deep or shallow. READ MORE »

Co-Angler Winslow Goes Light to Win

Co-Angler Winslow Goes Light to Win

Fishing with eventual winner Wayne Vaughan on the final day, Winslow utilized a light-weight technique to catch 15 pounds, 2 ounces (and 50-11 total) to win the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale presented by Gajo Baits. READ MORE »

Virginia’s Vaughan Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on St. Lawrence River presented by Realtree Fishing

Virginia’s Vaughan Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on St. Lawrence River presented by Realtree Fishing

MASSENA, N.Y. – Pro Wayne Vaughan of Chester, Virginia, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the three-day Costa FLW Series on the St. Lawrence River presented by Realtree Fishing... READ MORE »

Vaughan Gets Dream Win on St. Lawrence

Vaughan Gets Dream Win on St. Lawrence

Making a key adjustment on the final day, Vaughan turned a small limit into a tournament-winning 20-pound, 11-ounce stringer to take home the victory in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits. READ MORE »

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 3

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 3

Weights were already tight going into the final day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the St. Lawrence River, which is presented by Gajo Baits. Little more than a pound separated leader Jonathan Kelley from Casey Smith in fifth place. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from the St. Lawrence River – Day 2

Four of the top seven anglers in the Angler of the Year points race for the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale presented by Gajo Baits made the top-10 cut, and three of them – Scott Dobson, Casey Smith and Wayne Vaughan – are in the top five with real chances at winning both the tournament and AOY. READ MORE »

Kelley Grabs Lead with 43 Pounds

Kelley Grabs Lead with 43 Pounds

Down near Ogdensburg, N.Y. – roughly 45 miles from takeoff – was the area on day one of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale presented by Gajo Baits, as the majority of the top bags came from there. A day later, it was the anglers who ran 75 miles or more down to Clayton, N.Y., and beyond who scored big, while the Ogdensburg bunch either capitalized in small windows or not at all. READ MORE »

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 2

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 2

With slightly warmer weather and similar sun and wind conditions, day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the St. Lawrence River should’ve presented optimal conditions for smallmouth. Instead, nearly every angler our on-the-water crew encountered today said the same thing: It’s tougher. READ MORE »