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River Small Mouth Bass Fishing Season Has Arrived

Updated on March 18, 2012
My first small mouth catch of the year.
My first small mouth catch of the year.
This is a rock bass or as some call them a Goggle Eye
This is a rock bass or as some call them a Goggle Eye

It's Finally Here!

Fishing season has finally arrived in the creeks of southwest Missouri, and I have been waiting very impatiently for it! If you've read any of my other fishing hubs I talk a lot about my experiences fishing and floating the creeks and rivers where I live. Last year was a particularly great season for fishing and I tried to make the most of it. I've been waiting for it to come back around ever since. Some people claim to have good luck during the winter, but I've never been one of them. Well it may be more of a matter of me not knowing any good places around me to fish during the winter. I've tried putting a line in few times in the past week without much luck, but now I'm proud to report this weekend the fish were biting.


Having purchased a new kayak this past Friday, I had to get it on the water to test it out. A friend and I got decided to do some fishing while we tested the new kayaks out. We used live worms because I've always had good luck with worms on this creek, and I figured if they would bite anything it would be a worm. Friday we caught several decent rock bass, long eared sun fish and a few chubs. Now my fishing preference isn't sun fish or chubs, but for the first good fishing of the year I'm not going to complain. I enjoy catching rock bass any time they are biting. They might not get real big, but they put up a good fight and lots of people like to eat them. Much to my dismay I didn't catch any small mouth bass. I was just happy to be catching fish though.


Saturday I went again by myself and at first wasn't having any luck. I worked up and down all of the good areas that I normally hit and wasn't having much luck. I wasn't even getting any bites. I moved to a spot I normally don't have any luck. It looks like a good spot. It has slow deep water on the back side, and quicker water running along side of it. For some reason though it never produces results for me. I cast my line in a few times and didn't get any bites. I was about to give up when there was an interesting tug. I reeled my line it just a little bit and the tug got stronger. I knew I had a fish. I reeled him in and much to my surprise it was my first small mouth of the year!

You can see the fallen tree I caught it in front of.
You can see the fallen tree I caught it in front of.

The one thing I did notice that is worth noting is that while the fish are now biting they aren't hitting hard and its easy to miss their bites. This can create a problem because instead of striking it seems like the fish are gently picking the bait up and carrying it away. This can cause you to miss the all important strike to set the hook in the fish's mouth, and may cause the fish to swallow the hook. This makes the hook harder to retrieve and can cause harm to the fish. I guess it's not a big deal if you are planning to keep and eat the fish. If you are planning on releasing the fish back in to the water you don't want to hurt them.

Good Luck Out There!!!

I'm excited to see what the rest of the spring has to offer for fishing and I will continue writing new hubs and sharing my pictures. If anyone has anything to add feel free in the comment section below.


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      Phillip Drayer Duncan 6 years ago from The Ozarks

      Thanks U-turn! Use it for all of the above lol! I like to write about fishing things so if this article doesn't cover it another one is likely too. Although, I don't consider myself an expert... just a hillbilly with a joy for fishing.

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      Arthur George Rettell jr. ( 6 years ago from AZ. STATE

      Nice touch, but a little squirt. Do you have this page up and get any thing or can you just use it for tips?

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      Phillip Drayer Duncan 6 years ago from The Ozarks

      Thank you Wesman Todd Shaw! Glad you enjoyed! I'm hoping to get a freezer full myself before the year is over!

      Thanks ShootersCenter!! Me too!!

      Good luck to you as well sgbrown! I'm glad my hub inspired you to want to go fishing too!

      Lol Jagged. No but those Rock bass don't get very big so their pictures all usually look about the same unless you just catch an abnormally big one. They put up a good fight for little guys and they are really tasty! Thanks for the comment!

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      I liked your enthusiasm for the subject. For a bit I wondered if those pictures were all of the same fish. Have fun fishing.

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I'm glad I found this hub! I love to go fishing for small mouth bass, but we haven't been in several years. You have made me remember how much fun it is. I am putting that on our to do list for this spring! Have a great day and good luck with your fishing! :)

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      David 6 years ago from Florida

      Good hub! Pictures are worth a thousand words, makes me want to go right now.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Great read!!! Great pictures!!!! Great fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Its the same time O' year here in Texas, but our small mouth bass look quite a lot different from yours - down here they are "sand bass" which is a little white bass, and I've got a freezer full of em'!!!