Smallmouth are an aggressive species compared to a largemouth and even more so when they are protecting a spawning bed. Fishing for spawning smallmouth is one of my favorite ways to fish and I have found that finding them is harder than actually catching them. I have also found that where they spawn varies greatly depending on where you live.
Tennessee And Kentucky Smallmouth
I grew up fishing highland reservoirs in my home region and since largemouth are the dominant
species, many anglers do not fish for spawning smallmouth or even know where to look. One of the first things I learned in bass fishing was going shallow for spawning largemouth in the backs of pockets and creeks. When I tried a little deeper, I often found smallmouth. This is how they like to spawn and 5 to 10 feet is a good range for finding spawning smallmouth, where largemouth tend to spawn in 4 feet or less in my experience.
One of the best places to find smallmouth beds are rounded secondary points. These always seem to hold fish in the spring on highland reservoirs. They also spawn on pea gravel and the best mixture I have found is the small pea gravel and boulders or chunk rock nea