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River Running for May Smallmouth Bass

The month's best smallmouth fishing can be found in the streams that flow into your favorite bass lakes.

River Running for May Smallmouth Bass

Vermont angler Ken Capsey hoists a nice-sized smallmouth bass caught in a northern New England river in late spring. (Photo courtesy of Ken Capsey)

Ken Capsey lives just 10 minutes from the northeastern arm of Lake Champlain. Every year, the big lake shows up on one list or another proclaiming it as one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries in the world.

And those lists are absolutely right—Capsey occasionally catches some world-class smallies on Champlain. But given his druthers, he’d rather bass fish in the tributaries that flow into the lake.

He’s a self-proclaimed...

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