I had another opportunity to take advantage of the Swan Falls Reservoir in Idaho this summer. Carsten White and I planned an early morning outing to Swan Falls around our work in Boise. This time, to both of our surprise, we wound up doing even better than last time! The great thing was we caught 100% of our 31 bass on topwater lures. Watching those Smallmouth Bass blow up on your bait is incredibly stoking! Here were the conditions, where we went, what we did, and some memorable stories of awesome summertime Swan Falls Bass Fishing!
Most people were celebrating the 24th of July in Utah, but in Idaho, since they don’t have an official celebration, Carsten White and I decided to have our own celebration. We went to unleash the “Kraken” on those summertime Swan Falls Smallmouth Bass. Air temperatures were warm at the peak of the day. It got up to about 85 degrees. The water temperature was in the mid 70’s. We couldn’t have timed things any better. The bass stayed active for awesome topwater bites because it was such a calm, overcast day. The topwater action was hot, as long as the water was calm and flat, but once the wind picked up around 10:ooam the hits dramatically slowed.
Where we went:
Here is a map of the shorelines we fished, and some of the good spots that worked for us to catch nice Smallmouth Bass on the top.
What we used:
We only fished on the top. It was awesome. Every fish was caught on a top water bait. We tried a few different ones to see which worked the best, and here are the two which seemed to catch the most fish.
1. Megabass Pop X: This thing worked awesome. The color we used was called GG Flashing Wakasagi. Carsten threw it all day and caught fish on it. It was just the right size for these Smallmouth Bass. Throw it out and twitch it back. Every once in a while pause it a little longer. Sometimes they would smack it just sitting there. Make it spit on the water and you will “krack” them!
2. Megabass Dog X: I caught the biggest fish of the trip on this bait. I used the same color called GG Flashing Wakasagi. This lure comes in two sizes, and I opted for the smallest size for the Smallmouths. This is a “walk the dog” bait. If you don’t know how to “walk the dog” here is a YouTube video demonstrating it. Once you see it, you’ll know what to do. This lure catches fish. I had a lot of fish follow the lure up and also caught a lot of bass too! Make long casts, twitch it back, and be stoked!
Stories of the trip:
Two bass stand out in my mind from this trip. One was a Smallmouth that Carsten caught. We saw a good sized boulder underneath the water, and he threw his popper right over the top of it. As soon as the bait passed the boulder, a decent sized Smallmouth came right out from underneath. The bass then smacked his bait on the top. My heart went right up in my throat. It was so cool! Nothing beats watching a bass in the water come up and smack a topwater!
The other memorable bass was one I caught. We came around a point, and I threw my Dog X bait out in front of a boulder. After a couple of twitches, a solid 2.5 pound Smallmouth came flying out of the water. It literally flew about 2 feet in the air when the bass hit my bait. I waited a moment for it to come down then set the hook. The bass was on! Then it just kept pulling me down. There were patches of grass, and it hung underneath one while we did a see-saw battle. I was super stoked when we landed the toad. It was a fun fight, and made me more confident in knowing there are some pigs living in Swan Falls Reservoir.
Swan Falls is a must bass fish destination. Special thanks to Carsten White. We used Carsten’s small aluminum boat with an electric motor, and we had an awesome time. However, we also saw people catching bass from off the docks. So, if you haven’t yet, and you live close, anyone can go out and catch some Swan Falls Bass!