Smallmouth Bass Fishing:

Smallmouth bass present one of the more exhilarating fishing experiences. Once hooked, they often exhibit a rapid darting motion and jump out of the water shaking vigorously to dislodge the embedded hook. In many instances, the shaking motion can free a loosely hooked fish and the fisherman is back to casting for another strike.

Smallmouth bass live in Carpenter, Mountain and several other lakes. Carpenter Lake is situated at the doorstep of your cabin and Mountain Lake can be reached by a short but strenuous hike up the hillside at the west end of Carpenter Lake (see the locations of these lakes by clicking on the Fishing Map tab). Each cabin at Carpenter Lake is equipped with a 14 foot aluminum boat and Mountain Lake has a 12 foot boat.


Small bass can often be seen in shallow water and under the dock in the clear calm water on an early summer morning. Smallmouth bass are typically caught by spin casting, still fishing or bobber fishing. Spin casting or bobber fishing in shallow weed beds often yields catches of smaller bass whereas the large fish tend to be caught at depths of 10 to 20 feet with a variety of artificial spoons, spinners and plugs or with worms. Although a summer day's fishing can produce your limit of small bass, most fishermen focus on catching the larger fish. An average catch is one or two smallmouth bass, most of which are in the one to three pound range with rare trophies up to four pounds.

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