Even in the tiniest pieces of flowing water, there seem to always be fish. The bass in these small creeks may be small in size compared to those found in lakes and reservoirs; however, they still are extremely fun to catch. In addition to catching bass, the process of hiking through the creek and exploring the wild is also enjoyable. The main species of bass caught in these creeks are smallmouth, although largemouth bass and the rare spotted bass are caught occasionally.
Above: A smallmouth bass that was caught in a creek that you could jump across. With ultralight gear, it even put up quite a fight.
The best lures and minnows for catching these creek smallmouth bass are micro jigs (1/8th oz or less), small soft plastic tubes, live earthworms, incline spinners (1/8th oz or less), live minnows, and live crawfish. If the creek is large and holds large bass, it may be possible to use small live sunfish as well. Depending on the weather conditions, time of day, and the specific environment of the creek, the bass will prefer different lures, so it is possible that you will have to experiment a little bit before you start catching fish. The best locations to catch bass in creeks are cover (fallen logs, rock piles, etc.) and deep pools.
Hi. I am Ian, an extremely avid bass fisherman living in Howard County, MD. I like to bank fish and fish at local ponds and small creeks. I will explore budget friendly options for people to use in this blog. I hope I can teach you something.