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Lewis Smith Lake Bass Fishing Report – The Lake is Producing Consistent Action on Topwater and a Dropshot Rig


I’ve been on Lewis Smith Lake nearly every day this past week with clients and the spotted bass fishing has been consistently good every day.  The spots are still schooling heavily and the best way my clients and I have found to catch them are on topwater.  We’re relying on the DUO Realis Pencil 110, both in Neo Pearl, when the wind is blowing requiring a larger and heavier lure to displace more water and make a louder presentation.  When conditions are calm we’re using the Pencil 85 for a more subtle and quieter presentation.

When the spots aren’t willing to come up for topwater we’re catching a lot of fish on a dropshot rig fished in 17-28 feet vertically beneath the boat.  It’s video game style fishing as we’re seeing the bass we’re catching on the front sonar unit.  One tip I have to help increase the sensitivity on your dropshot rig is to use 15lb braided line with a 10lb fluorocarbon leader joined by a modified albright knot.  Your leader should be about 5 feet long, so the knot sits between the top of the reel and the first guide.  That way you won’t weaken the knot by reeling it onto your spool.

If you’d like to learn more about dropshotting vertically beneath the boat and using your electronics to help catch fish please contact to book a trip.  The dropshot bit is strong right now and we can catch both numbers and big spots to give you confidence in the technique.

The Smith Lake Park Bass Fest tournament held yesterday was a success with 203 teams competing for the first place $10,000 prize.  Jordan and Jesse Wiggins weighed an impressive 18.19lb limit to claim first place.  Scott and John Sanders won the $2500 big fish prize with a 5.37lb brute.  The Cullman County Parks and Rec did a great job putting on the event and there were teams who made the trip from as far as Texas to compete in the tournament.  Next year’s tournament should be even better.

The Alabama Bass Trail Championship is coming up Oct. 10-11th and should produce solid bags of fish.  I anticipate the two-day winning total to be around 34lbs and include a mixed bag of both spots and largemouth.