Summer Patterns Are In Play

The days are long, the weather is ideal and the Muskegon River continues to fish quite well for smallmouth. Many of the fish coming to net are the cookie-cutter size, around 12 inches, with a few in the 18 to 19 inch size.

Streamer patterns continue to land the most fish, with the larger ones coming on topwater. For the larger ones, casting accuracy continues to be the name of game. In order to draw out the larger smallmouth from structure, the fly has to be played tight to logs. These fish are smart and there’s a reason why they’re so large, as Jeff found out using a Zudbubbler.