Echo Reservoir Fishing – Smallmouth Bass

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Echo Reservoir Fishing was awesome recently. While at Echo Reservoir fishing on this trip there were a half-dozen smallmouth bass caught in only a few hours from the shore. Here are the details of where the fish where caught, and what they were caught on. Plus, the conditions and other key details to help you go out, and try and catch some of those fish yourself. Enjoy this Fishing Report!

Echo Reservoir Fishing – Smallmouth Bass

This post on Echo Reservoir Fishing for Smallmouth contains all the info you need from my trip to help you get into some of these fish yourself. This was my first time on Echo Reservoir. It was pretty impressive. In only two hours 5 solid smallmouth were caught, along with several other bites which were missed. The other cool thing was the bass were super chunky. All the smallmouth landed were from 1.5 – 2.5 lbs. Those fat 2 lbs smallmouth sure took me for all I was worth. They Pulled drag, and did some ridiculous aerial acrobatics. I’m definitely going to be adding Echo Reservoir to my list of places to go more often. I can’t believe I’d never been out here before. Stoking times for sure.

Echo Reservoir fishing produced some nice 2lbs. chunk smallmouth bass like this one.

Echo Reservoir Fishing Conditions

This trip on Echo Reservoir fishing for Smallmouth bass was only for 2 hours from 10:00am – 12:00pm on Saturday, Sept. 17th. Here is what the conditions where like at the time.


Bright Sunny Skies, Air Temperature around 70 degrees.

Water Temperature

Approximately around 64 degrees.


Flat Calm. 0 mph.

Water Clarity

Stained. Visibility 3-4 feet.

Echo Reservoir Fishing Spots

Here is where the fish were caught on this trip. I fished from the bank on this trip. Because of the low water levels it was a little bit of a hike down to the shoreline.

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Echo Reservoir Fishing Baits

In the short period of time fishing Echo Reservoir, I only switched out baits a couple times. There were two staples which seemed to get bites. Here is what those baits were, how they were rigged up,  and how they were used to get “Kraken” Smallmouth bass at Echo Reservoir.

Keitech Crazy Flapper

A 3.5 inch Keitech Crazy Flapper in the color green pumpkin fire was a smallmouth getter for sure. There were two keys to fishing it which helped me get bigger bites. The first was to rig it up on a 1/4 oz wobble jig head. This wobbling jig head helps give the bait even more action. The second key was in retrieving the bait. Cast it out, and let it fall to the bottom. Next, slowly turn your reel letting the bait bump along the bottom. Occasionally, pause briefly then continue the retrieve. It’s almost like you just crank that soft plastic craw right along the bottom, and they would load up on it.

Yamamoto Senko

The green pumpkin 4″ Yamamoto Senko was another great bait which caught a couple solid Smallmouth Bass. Rigging it right was key to getting bites. All the bass seemed to be along the bottom, so I texas rigged the senko onto a 3/0 offset worm hook, and added a small 1/8 oz tungsten weight above the hook on the line. The little extra weight dropped the bait down, and kept it looking natural. A lot of small fish would often peck at the bait, but the key was to just be patient and wait for that bigger bass to swim over and suck it down. Slowly, dragging this rig on the bottom was what the bass seemed to like.

Echo Reservoir Fishing Rig
Echo Reservoir fishing this senko, hook, and small bullet weight caught bass.

Echo Reservoir Fishing Report

Here are all the details of what transpired from my first to last cast Echo Reservoir fishing. Hopefully, you can pick up a few things I learned and apply them to go catch some bass yourself. This was a great morning of bank fishing.

When I pulled up to the lake I was blown away at the water level. The water was ridiculously low. It was pretty easy to tell where the best banks would be to fish, since the low water leaves a lot of the rocky structure up high and dry. I walked down to one of the only good looking rocky points I saw, and I started fan casting the senko set up described above.

I was getting tons of little ticks from fish on my first few casts. It was really frustrating. Eventually, after I threw my bait out away from the bank a little further, and weeding through a few small bites, a hard thump hit my line. I reeled up the slack and set the hook.  A solid 2 lbs bass erupted out of the water. It was epic. Here’s a selfie of my first dude of the day.

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This was my first bass caught at Echo Reservoir fishing.

Fishing with the senko was moving to slow for me even though I’d caught a couple good ones. I tried seeing if they would hit something moving a little faster. My thoughts were if I covered more water faster hopefully I’d catch more fish. I tried a square bill crankbait with no luck. Next, I switched out to cranking a small soft plastic craw along the bottom. This was the ticket. I caught three more good sized bass on this set up. What I liked best about this technique was it helped me cut through the small fish, and get straight to the 2 lbers. I finished the morning off cranking soft plastics along the bottom, and caught a total of 5 good smallmouth bass. Here’s a picture of another bass caught with the soft plastic cranking set up.

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This smallmouth bass ate a soft plastic craw grinding along the bottom at Echo Reservoir fishing.

Echo Reservoir Fishing Final Thoughts

One more thing. Go fishing no matter what! You never know what you will find. I only had a small window  of time to go fishing, and I’m so glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised at what was caught. Fishing this time of year can be really good. In the fall the cooler weather gets the bass feeding up before the winter.

Hopefully, this report on Echo Reservoir fishing can help you plan your fishing trip. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog to get notified of new trip reports straight to your email. Furthermore, if you have any questions or info you would like to add about Echo Reservoir fishing feel free to leave a comment below. It’s always cool to get more info to help all of us find and catch more fish.

As Always,

Stay Stoked!

Echo Reservoir Fishing 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 used to “Krak” some bass fishing at Echo Reservoir. 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. These links are provided to primarily be helpful for you, and not for the small amount I make for the sale of the products. Hopefully, these products can help you “krak” some bass like they have for me! Thank you for your support.

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