Bass Fishing Starvation Reservoir

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The next day  the family who hired me to go to Pelican Lake wanted to go bass fishing Starvation Reservoir. We hit up Starvation, and caught about 15 smallmouth bass. The bass were definitely schooled up, and when you found them it was pretty fast action, but when you didn’t it was slow going. Here is what we used, and the some of the best spots where we found smallmouth bass.


Bass Fishing Starvation Reservoir

Here is the full report with conditions of our trip. The maps of the best spots where we caught bass, and of course the baits we used to catch them. Hopefully, you can use this information to go catch a few smallmouth bass on Starvation Reservoir yourself.

We had a good trip bass fishing starvation reservoir. I was nervous about going because I’ve never fished it before. The family that hired me to go with them didn’t mind, and so we went out trying to catch some smallmouth bass. We ran a lot of different spots, but really only found two good areas that produced bass. Still though we had a good time, and everyone caught fish. I love hanging out with people and showing them the  awesomeness of bass fishing. Feel free to reach out to me, if you would be interested in going out sometime: Hire Me


Fishing Conditions Starvation Reservoir

We went out on the lake for a full day of fishing on Saturday October 17th, from 9am – 5:30pm. Here are the conditions we faced on this day.

Weather:          Air Temperature 70 degrees and cooling. It was overcast, and the rain started hitting us an hour before we headed off the lake. 
Wind:        0 – 5 mph. Things were pretty calm all day, and occasionally a breeze would pick up and blow.
Water Clarity:     Clear. Visibility about 12 feet.
Water Temperature:      59 degrees.


Fishing Areas on Starvation Reservoir

Here is a map of the best spots for us while we were smallmouth bass fishing Starvation Reservoir on this trip.

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Baits for Starvation Reservoir Trip

Here are the top producing baits for us on this trip. It boiled down to two simple baits and set up even though we tried a few other things.


A green pumpkin tube caught bass for us all day. The best way to set it up was on a stupid rig. The stupid rig with a 1/8 oz bagley shaky head was perfect to keep from hanging up to much on the bottom. I fished an exposed hook for awhile, and quickly got sick of hanging up. The stupid rig stopped a lot of that. It’s the best way to use a tube in my opinion. The key was to use a spinning rod to bomb it out, and then slowly crawl it along the bottom. The smallmouth would swim up and eat it. It worked well.

Shade Shape Worm

The Yamamoto Shade Shape Worm caught a decent amount of fish. We rigged the shade shape worm up on a drop shot rig. On our drop shot we used 1/4 oz drop shot weight, and a 1/0 gamakatsu drop shot hook. The majority of the fish were 20 feet deep or more, so you had to let the drop shot fall all the way down. Then slowly walk it back to the boat. It worked well to get down to where the bass were.

Bass Fishing Starvation Reservoir Report

We had a great time smallmouth bass fishing Starvation Reservoir. The day started off hot, but things cooled down because it took us a while to find some more fish. We ended the day with about 15 smallmouth bass. Here is the play by play run down of how we handled our day on the lake.

We started off fishing deep with tubes and drop shots. The water was cool, and typically smallmouth like the deep points this time of year. We headed to an obvious point with good rock under a bridge. As soon as we got close to the bridge we started catching them. Everyone in the boat caught a couple. I caught one decent bass on the tube on this spot. The rest were fairly small. Here is a picture of him.
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After we milked that point for awhile, we hoped across to a steep bluff. The only thing we caught was this monster 20 inch trout on a tube. It was kind of fun.


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We buzzed around a lot after that, and finally found a decent point holding some bass. The point was really long with a steep drop on one side. We caught the biggest bass of the trip on the point. The fish seemed to be a little shallower here. We caught them in 15 – 20 feet on this point. Here is the stud bass of the trip the father of the family caught off this spot. It really pulled hard, we thought we had another big trout. Smallmouth are great fighters.


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Overall, it was a fun trip. We would occasionally catch a few here and there on the steep bluff walls. Nothing we could consistently pattern. Here are some more photo’s of the family enjoying some smallmouth bass fishing. The girls had doubles at one spot, which was pretty cool.


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I hope this gets you stoked to catch some smallmouth bass at Starvation Reservoir. It was fun for me to go to a new place, and introduce this awesome family to the sport of bass fishing. There is nothing more stoking for me than catching bass, and helping others do the same. Feel free to reach out to me through my contact page if you are interested in letting me tag along for your next trip. Leave a comment below if you have any questions about the trip.

As Always,

Stay Stoked!

Gear Used

The links above and below in this post are affiliate links were you can pick up baits, rod’s, reels, line, and anything else I used to “Krak” some bass on this trip. Krakenbass receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I personally trust and know work. I put these links to make them helpful for you, and not for the small amount I make for the sale of the products. I hope these products can help you “krak” some bass! Thank you for your support.

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