Originally posted by: ouachitabassangler on 3/2/2006 1:03:37 AM
Also think through the current situation even though stable. Imagine a cross section of a river. Let's say it's a perfect bowl bottom and sides. The middle core of it is like a pipe running down the middle. the highest current in the pipe. The ideal pipe is off bottom, below the surface, away from the banks. For simplicity lets say the middle half of the river is the pipe. The next slowest current is flowing around the pipe, below it, to the sides, above it. The slowest current hugs the bottom and the sides where friction of the bottom slows the current. That's the zone farthest from the fastesed core where all bass, including smallmouth, will try to stay. In particular, they will prefer to find irregularities along the bottom, especially boulders that break the lower current up more than regular smooth bottom. They will also prefer to resy to inside bends of the channel where current is least, the central fast core usually towards the outside bend. But come feeding time they move to the outside bends where current captures baitfish and flows them downstream. Wherever you find significant current breaks on the outside bend is where avtively feeding bass will lie in ambush, behind rocks, ledges, in holes, in submerged tree tops & brush washed down from upstream. When inactive they move back to quieter water. They are highly territorial except during spawn, so don't move far from one extreme to the other, simply crossing the river between feeding and resting, often spending their lives within a quarter mile stretch or less. It just takes too many precious calories to wander up or down a river since either way they will go back home daily dealing with current. They let the baitfish do the walking.