Lake Pend Oreille: What Smallmouth Eat in the Fall
Ever wonder what smallmouth bass like most as the water cools down at the end of summer? If you’re a fisherman, you have. Here’s what came out of a 1-pound smallmouth bass near the end of September: a 4-inch+ crawfish, turning color like the leaves on the ground. The color change signifies a crawdad heading into the time of spawn. But this bass interceded.
Smallmouth Bass Fall Diet in Pend Oreille Lake
Just about every small mouth bass you catch in these waters that’s over a pound in weight is plump, any time of the year. They eat well in this largest of the big three North Idaho lakes.
This smallie was little more than a pound in weight, but it coughed up this 4.25-inch crawfish when caught. That’s what you call a freshwater lobster!
The crawfish in this photo is just entering it’s beautiful spawn colors. Earlier in the year, they are olive green to dark green in color.
A plentiful population of crawdad’s, as they are also called, is one of the reasons Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River are both excellent smallmouth bass fishing waters.
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