summer Smallmouth

bass fishing 

July – Mid August

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

  • Mayflies typically hatch around the first week of July

  • Late June to mid-July are GREAT for top-water action, as smallies are looking up for mayflies (fly fishermen, take note!)

  • Mayfly hatch ends the post-spawn and starts the most active period for smallmouth bass fishing

  • Crayfish molt begins mid-July and holds smallmouth bass in 6 feet of water or less until mid-August

  • During the crayfish molt, smallmouth are typically looking down, so use soft plastics on a lead-headed jig or worm hook and swim near the bottom

  • Since our lake is clear, many anglers site-fish for smallmouth in the summer

High 76° F
Low 57° F
High 74° F
Low 56° F
  • Panfish popper

  • Manns Baby Minus 1 in bone color (cast in less than 2 feet of water on rocky shorelines)

  • Rapala Skitter Pops size 7 (silver/black)

  • Rebel Pop-R size 2" or 2 1/2" (Tennessee shad color)

  • Strike King Spit N King size 3/8 oz (bad-to-the-bone color)

  • Soft Plastic Tubes – 3" (any color)

  • Soft Plastic Grubs – 2" and 3" (any color)

  • Soft Plastic Flukes – 3" and 4" (any color)

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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