Spring smallmouth bass Fishing 

Late May – June

We’ll give you all of our expert knowledge in detail upon your arrival. But for now, here’s a snapshot:

  • Ice-out typically occurs the 2nd week of May

  • Fishing season begins the 3rd Saturday in May

  • Smallies stage in 15 to 20 feet of water until the water warms enough to spawn

  • Smallmouth spawn is typically the last week of May through mid-JunThis far north, smallmouth bass spawn every 2-3 years (so not all smallies are in shallow spawning areas)

  • Smallmouth feed on smelt, primarily in the open water adjacent to shallow-water rock structures

  • Swim lures near the bottom and close to spawning beds

  • Suspend soft plastics where smelt are suspended

  • Biggest mistakes for smallmouth anglers in the spring: fishing too deep or swimming baits too fast

Late May
High 67° F
Low 44° F
High 72° F
Low 52° F
  • Flukes/swimbaits with ¼ oz jig head: Swimmin Fluke Jr. (color: smokin shad, white ice, white pearl), Big Bite Baits 3.5” Cane Thumper (white/silver shad colors)

  • Berkley PowerBait Realistix 3" Smelt or Black Shad with ¼ oz jig head (suspend about six feet down over 15-20 feet of water and slowly drift over bass to mimic smelt)

  • Surface popper with a silver or white bottom to imitate dead smelt

If you forget something, we’ve got you covered with our on-site tackle shop!


Pine Cliff Lodge is the only lodge located on 10,000 acre Big Sandy Lake. With no other commercial access, anglers often feel they have the entire lake to themselves.

A premier Canadian fishing lodge for outdoor enthusiasts, Pine Cliff Lodge offers a remote, world-class fishing experience.


Summer Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 268
Dryden, Ontario Canada
P8N 2Y8

Winter Mailing Address:

Derek and Kara Zimmerman

774 Elmwood Drive

Abilene, TX 79605

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