Vermont Fishing Guide Trip: Explosive Small Mouth Bass

We got to get out on the water for some evening fishing for a few hours. We had no problem catching 20/25 bass fish. As a Vermont Fishing Guide, I wanted to get out on the water and start finding some largemouthbass. Large mouth bass are harder to find. Finding smallmouth bass are easy for me. After we got to our spot, we started dragging some nice largemouth bass out form some trees and docks. At that point, I had to get back out hunting for the explosive fighting smallmouth bass.  I am glad that we did, because they very super aggressive! At the end of the night though, we had a great time and caught a lot of fish.


Here are some tips for catching large and smallmouth bass:

• Big smallmouth bass are lazier than the smaller smallmouth bass. These giants like to hangout in moving water where they can get an easy meal. This is one of the reasons why they will hangout where currents push food their direction. Look for spots where creeks, small rivers run into the lake body. They will hangout here and wait for their prey.

• Big bait, Big fish is thought to be a myth, but it’s true. It is possible to catch bigger bass fish on smaller lures, but as a rule larger fish like larger lures. It really comes down to simple biology. Larger fish need more food than their smaller counterparts. Some types of bait to use are: 5″ Zara spooks, 1 oz spinnerbaits, 6″ sebile magic swimmers and 7″ lizards will help you to catch those big bass fish. 

• Don’t be afraid of a little weather. Smallmouth bass like it when it is windy. When it is windy bass will stay in areas where the water is moving. They will also feed more when the wind is moving. Wind is a great catalyst to get the whole food chain moving, from the planton to the bass fish. Make sure you pack a jacket and some warmer gear because it will get a little chilly on the water when it is windy, but you’ll get some great big bass fish! 

• Get there early. Have you ever heard the phrase, “The early bird gets the worm?” Well, the early angler gets the best fish! Get there while it is nice and cool. As the tempatures rise further into the season,the bigger fish will only come to feed in shallow water in low light conditions. The best times are first thing in the morning just after dawn. This means you have to get up around 4am – 5am to get out on the water before 7am to get the big fish.

Good luck, happy fishing, Keith

C K
C K
February 22, 2022.
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We had an excellent time with Keith for Ice fishing! Caught a Northern Pike on a jigging rod of all things! Keith was always professional, friendly, and very instructive. Highly recommend!
Erin Courcey
Erin Courcey
January 24, 2022.
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Keith really runs a terrific private ice fishing excursion!! From the start, Keith was extremely responsive, organized and full of knowledge and excitement over our family’s desire to try ice fishing for the first time. Keith was thorough in his planning with us so that we were prepared and comfortable with our plans. The day was amazing—-Keith is an expert fisherman, and he so was patient with all of us non fishermen/women. We learned so much and really had the time of our lives with Keith! We will definitely do another excursion with Keith soon, and highly recommend him!
David Malfetano
David Malfetano
January 17, 2022.
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Keith is a fantastic guide and was very helpful to our inexperienced crew. Would certainly book this tour again!
Jon Boudreau
Jon Boudreau
January 17, 2022.
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Keith and his dad run a great service and provided us with an excellent time on the lake. He knows what he’s doing and takes his time to teach the tour group. Absolutely would book again.
Luke C
Luke C
January 17, 2022.
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One of the best fishing experiences I’ve had. Everything was organized, well run, and an absolute blast. Hard to find a better charter!
Kristin Bitter
Kristin Bitter
October 10, 2021.
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My family and I had an awesome time out on Lake Morey this weekend with Keith!! He had a great boat, a bunch of different tackle, and put us onto some really nice fish.
Sean Bitter
Sean Bitter
October 10, 2021.
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Great fishing! Lots of big fish! Keith is the best
Mike Seaton
Mike Seaton
September 2, 2021.
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We went out with stay bent recently and had a great experience! We caught many fish and the guide was very knowledgeable
Christopher Augello
Christopher Augello
August 31, 2021.
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Awesome day on the lake. Keith was awesome , great teaching my kids how to fish and me . Caught a bunch of fish too.
Chris Ritter
Chris Ritter
August 30, 2021.
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We had a blast fishing with Keith last week. He put us on nonstop action on a hot day, which is not easy. The lake was beautiful and fun to jump in as well. My nine-year-old daughter does not have a ton of fishing experience, but he was able to get her working the retrieves perfectly, and she ended up out fishing me by a long shot! We got largemouth, smallmouth, rock bass, Pickerel, Perch, and sunfish. Keith is great with kids, and a lot of fun to hang out with for grown-ups. His boat and equipment are top notch as well. I would recommend this guy to anyone, And we are looking forward to our next trip which might be some ice fishing.

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