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Changing weather and water conditions may shrink or expand the strike zones of gamefish like smallmouth bass. Match your lures and tactics to the prevailing conditions to maximize fish response.

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Lake Vermilion Resorts


Smallmouth mood ranges from aggressive to selective during early spring. Subtle jigging tactics excel when shallow fish are finicky feeders.

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Off Shore


In spring, smallmouth bass move up onto shallow rock and sand flats, initially to feed, and eventually to spawn. Establish their preferred depth, along with the proper lure style and retrieve to match their prevailing mood.

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CCI


Cigar-shaped, soft stickbaits offer a variety of rigging options and actions that tease finicky largemouth and smallmouth bass to bite. From subtle glides to twitching temptations, these baits produce results when all others fail.

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Buy Angling Edge Boats


Largemouth and smallmouth bass react to rising water by moving shallower in spring. Follow the fish up into bays and shallow cover to catch them. Try weedless jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits to see which works best.

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