Below are some of the best tips to help you when fishing for largemouth bass. We hope that you’ll find them to be both useful and effective.
Know the Habits of Bass – The type of weather dictates where bass may or may not be. When the sun is out and shinning bright bass will look for shelter. When it’s cloudy out and there is little or no sun bass come out of their protective shelter. This means when it’s sunny out you’ll want to fish near areas where bass might go for shelter, so keep your lure or live bait close to possible areas that bass might use for shelter.
Try Using Buzzbait – If you follow any of the major bass tournaments then you’ll know that many pros use buzzbait lures. The secret to its success is that it creates a loud buzzing noise that attracts bass from faraway distances.
Fish for Bass at the Right Time of Day – The best time to fish for bass is the first few early hours of the morning or the last few hours going into the evening. Bass will feed during the afternoon time if it happens to be a cloudy day or if the water is muddy. It’s recommend that you try to get to your favorite fishing hole about an hour before sunup or an hour before sunset.
Fish for Bass During the Pre-Spawn – The holy grail of bass fishing is during the largemouth pre-spawn. The pre-spawn starts in spring around the time when the water temperature gets to be between 55 to 65 degrees. This is when both male and female bass move to the shallow areas, start aggressively feeding and looking for the best place to nest. Fisherman during this period can actually locate bass right from shore, that’s how close they get. This is the best time to get a trophy bass, but remember to catch and release female bass so they can complete their spawn and continue the cycle of life for bass.
Examine a Caught Bass for Local Tips – The next time you catch a bass take a peek inside of its mouth. When a bass is fighting you it will sometimes throw up whatever contents are in its stomach. This is a great way to see what bass are feeding on in the local area, so try and find a lure that can mimic the local feed. In some cases with live bait you can try and catch what they’re actually feeding on and use that as bait.
Always Keep an Eye on the Line – Every so often it’s a good idea to examine the line right above the lure you’re using. It’s common for it to get frayed due to contact with rocks, gravel, branches, stumps, etc. Nothing is worse than losing a monster bass due to your line breaking!
Size Doesn’t Matter – The size of your lure doesn’t dictate the size of the bass you’ll catch. Remember, a largemouth bass will strike prey that is 25% to 50% of its length. So even large lures can catch small bass. If you’re not having success then try a smaller lure such as the Strike King Spinnerbait.
Try Some Live Bait – While many anglers don’t like using live bait it can be a great way to produce a nice bass when lures aren’t producing. Shiners have the best luck, especially when you hook them through both lips or just behind the top dorsal fin. Worms, crayfish and even frogs are great artificial bait alternatives. Use a slip bobber so you can adjust the depth of your bait without having to sacrifice casting ability.