Just about everyone familiar with fishing for river smallmouths knows that the two best periods to catch a real trophy bass are in the spring and late fall-early winter.
During these times, the big female fish move into predictable locations, such as shoreline eddies or holding spots, and position themselves to intercept food that may be brought to them.
For many years, the lure of choice of river experts has been the bucktail jig trailed with a pork rind. The most popular colors were a black jig and pork rind, with brown a close second. This combination has led to the downfall of many trophy smallmouths.
In recent years, plastic lures have really become popular and the plastic tube-type lures seem to be the first choice of fishermen.