I am the longest running Smith Lake bass guide in business and I am certainly the most qualified. I have a house on the lake and have been fishing it my entire life. I have finished 2nd and 6th in the last two Bassmaster Southern Opens that I have fished on the lake. Smith Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. The deep clear water and the picturesque shorelines are unmatched in North Alabama. Living in those waters are numerous spotted bass, some of the meanest fish in any water. The potential exists to catch a five or six pound spot anytime you make a cast on Smith Lake. The tactics for Smith are mostly finesse, as it is an excellent place to hone your drop shot or shakyhead techniques. Smith is also a great topwater and crankbait lake. The best times for Smith are spring, winter and fall in the daytime, and at night in the summer. I have spent hundreds of nights on Smith Lake catching spotted bass and do offer night trips.
Here are some of my go to baits for Smith Lake’s spotted bass.
Winter: 1/2 oz Strike King Jig with KVD Chunk, 1/2 oz Hopkins Spoon, Strike King 5XD Crankbait in Green Gizzard Shad.
Spring: 1/4 oz Shaky head with 6.5inch KVD Finesse Worm in Green Pumpkin , 1/4 oz Strike King Tour Grade Spinnerbait, Strike King 5XD Crankbait.
Summer: KVD Sexy Dawg Topwater, shaky head, 3/4 oz Strike King Tour Grade Football Jig in Blk,Brwn, Amber, Green Gizzard Strike King 6XD crankbait, 1/2 oz or 3/4 oz Strike King Night Spinnerbait.
Fall: Shaky Head, 1/2 or 3/4 oz Strike King Burner Spinnerbait, Sexy Dawg, Spoon.
I like shad colors for crankbaits and spinnerbaits with a little chartreuse mixed in somewhere and watermelon red or green pumpkin for plastics. At night i use black for plastics and spinnerbaits.