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

Aaron Hallman
Aaron Hallman
February 16, 2024.
My wife and I visited Vermont for our anniversary, and have always wanted to ice fish. We didn't really know what to expect, but it definitely wasn't the experience we got! Couldn't have imagined a better experience. Keith put in absolute work to make sure we had an awesome time and went over and above to make sure we caught some fish. The wife ended up landing a monster pike and largemouth. The experience made our entire trip worth it, and I'm so glad we called stay bent instead of anyone else.
Sarah Hallman
Sarah Hallman
February 16, 2024.
My husband and I had the best time ice fishing with Keith as our guide! We caught bass, pickerel, pike, perch, and smelt and had a blast the whole time!
Chris Bernardi
Chris Bernardi
September 9, 2023.
Keith was an outstanding guide. He was patient, took the time to explain the technique we were to use, and was set on us landing fishing. We had a great time and would definitely use his charter again.
Ken wholey
Ken wholey
August 24, 2023.
Took the guys out for the day on the lake and had a blast reeling in big bass. Kieth was awesome and we will be using him again in the future.
Derrick O'Donnell
Derrick O'Donnell
August 23, 2023.
If you’re looking to catch a ton of fish and have a blast while you’re doing it, you’re at the right place! Can’t wait to go again.
Michael Rodrigues
Michael Rodrigues
August 15, 2023.
I had the pleasure of being on Keith's boat August 6th fishing for my first lake trout trip. He put us on tons of fish and I put my limit in the freezer. Always a great time and an even better fishing guide.
dante canepari
dante canepari
August 15, 2023.
Im not much of a fisherman, but Keith made me feel like a pro. He has top notch equipment, knowledge, and was very professional and patient with a novice like me.
Brown Family
Brown Family
August 12, 2023.
Great trip on Lake Bomoseen with my son! Enjoyed the day - Keith did a terrific job and it was a great experience. He works hard to ensure you're catching fish! We'll see you again next year for sure. Thanks. George
Thomas Novotny
Thomas Novotny
July 18, 2023.
Keith runs a great business, has great character, and is invested in your success and happiness. No other captain and charter has brought me the experience Keith catered - lessons, laughs, diligence and a personalized journey hooking into fish all day. There wasn’t a half hour where we didn’t put a fish on the boat - of course each day is different - but you could always feel the magic when he put a rod in your hands. 5/5

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