Youth fly fisher ready to release a nice smallmouth bass in the Bonneville Reservoir, WA.
The smallmouth continue to feed near shore and are still within reach for fly rodders. Fast sinking lines work well over drop offs along rip rap or rocky points. Don't hesitate to cast a popper along weed beds either. Small juvenile shad will begin there out-migration very soon and the bass will be going bonkers on them. From August through September, I highly recommend the John Day pool as larger bass will be near shore. Don't want to compete with weekend warriors? Go after smallmouth! Only have a couple hours after work? Go after smallmouth! Very aggressive, very plentiful, and not too hard to find!