Its early Summer in Michigan and the fish are aggressive! We began by catching fish sitting along the edges of cover but as we moved farther up river we discovered spawners in the shallows. Toward the end of the day we realized post spawn fish would ambush reaction baits as well, catching them on swimbaits, jerkbaits, and topwater.

Fishing in current is all about understanding bass behavior. These fish face up stream and feed by sight. They’re watching the moving water for any sign of food drifting by. When a meal appears they have one shot to capture it as it passes so strikes tend to be vicious! While neither angler had ever been on this fishery, Cobi guides in both Michigan and Wisconsin on a lot of amazing smallmouth waters. If you’re interested in seeing more of his work, visit his instagram here:

Below is a breakdown of the baits we caught fish on throughout the day. We caught them on an incredible variety of techniques so we will separate them into softbaits and hardbaits, including the colors used to successfully fool these smallmouth.


1) Finesse Jig (Kentucky Craw):

-Smallie Beaver (Green Pumpkin):

2) Strike King Half Shell (KVD Magic on Dropshot):

-Owner Mosquito Light Hook Size 2:

3) Roboworm 4″ Fat Worm (Oxblood Light on Dropshot):

4) Megabass Spark Shad 3″ (Real):

– Megabass Okashira Screw Head:

5) Dark Sleeper Swimbait (Haze):

6) Zoom Super Fluke (Smokin Shad):

-Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0:


1) Splash It Popper (Chartreuse Pearl Shad):

2) River2Sea S-Waver 168 (Light Trout):

3) Megabass Vision 110 Jerkbait (PM Twilight Chart Back):

Matt’s most versatile Combo this trip…

Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium:

Reel- Aldebaran MGL 50:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

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