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Bass fishing is one of the most popular fish that anglers attempt to catch across the world. If you’re reading this to get some first time tips, you won't be let down.
These tips have been added together from my personal experiences as well as hearing advice from other anglers as well as friends and family.
When Is The Best Time To Fish For Bass?
If you’re wanting to know when the best time of the year is to fish for bass, you’ll have to understand their spawning behaviors. In southern regions of the US, largemouth bass tend to spawn during the latter part of winter and the latter part of spring in northern parts.
One of the key factors that plays an important role in catching bass is the temperature of the water. Data suggests that bass are more likely to feed and swim in shallow waters when the temperature reaches 60 degrees or more.
It is important to note that some states have a bass fishing ban during specific times of the year. These are during pre-spawn and spawning periods. It allows the spawning fish to carry the eggs without being interrupted and constantly being taken out and placed back in the water. Unfortunately, not all anglers handle fish with care and this break in fishing allows them to spawn peacefully.
One of the best times to fish is after the female bass spawn. They will have irregular eating patterns for up to 2 weeks afterwards but will then gain their appetite back and begin feeding. To understand more about when to fish for bass throughout the year, you'll need to know their spawn patterns.
Now we have briefly spoken about the spawn times throughout the year and when’s best to fish, we’re going to discuss the best time to fish on a day to day basis. The 24 hour day can typically be split in 3 bass fishing sections, early morning, late afternoon and night. Within the fishing community, most anglers suggest that fish tend to feed and bite during the hours that have the least amount of light. It is also important to note that different types of bait are recommended for different times of the day when fishing for bass.
The early morning hours have proven to be a good time to fish for bass. The baitfish activity often increases when the sun begins to rise but the sunlight remains limited. Minnows and shiners have been known to be the most successful bait for bass fishing at these times. If fishing with artificial lures, poppers or plugs are a good choice when fishing the shorelines or vegetation.
As the sun goes down, the bass will take advantage of the low levels of light and begin feeding. Similar to early morning, the late afternoon can be a prime fishing time for using top water lures as well, it’s definitely worth packing some of these in your box for the day. The lake temperatures and fish biting patterns vary, therefore you may have to experiment with different retrieve speeds, some fish are more attracted to a faster speed whereas others less so.
Time to sleep? Not when it comes to bass fishing. Bass are well known to heavily feed at night and therefore makes it the best time to fish. Not only is it a good time to fish due the bass being more active, this is a time where the lake is typically quiet and less anglers will be reeling them in, less anglers means less food for the bass and more opportunity for you to catch. The bass will take advantage of the cooler waters and lack of light before the sunrises and begins to get warmer.
What Do Bass Feed On?
This really varies depending on where you’re fishing. Taking a short time out at the beginning of your fishing trip to slowly walk around the waters banks to observe what wildlife is in the area may help you decide what bait to fish with. Minnows, insects, crayfish, worms and even small birds are typical food for a predator fish like a bass.
Where Do Bass Swim And Feed?
Now we have discussed what bass tend to feed on at what time, we will now look into where they’re likely going to swim and feed. Bass tend to be at the top of the food chain in most waters, meaning they’re going to swim in areas where they can identify their next prey.
As bass are top of the food chain and like to hide and strike on other unexpected fish. They will use objects in the water to hide and camouflage themselves. Rocks, piles, trees, weeds, reeds, wood and boat docks are a number of things that you may find bass swimming between.
These types of areas are where to use your lures and baits to try and catch that record breaking bass, hopefully you won’t be disappointed!
What Are The Types Of Bait That Are Known To Catch Bass?
We have discussed where bass are likely to feed and now we’re looking into what types of bait are most successful when fishing for bass.
Minnows, crayfish, worms and crickets are among the most popular types of bait used by anglers. Using a bait bucket will help keep the minnows fresh and you can also save money by catching your own crickets to use.
Floats and bobbers are a popular way of fishing for bass. Fishing with this technique can be very rewarding when performed correctly.
What Are The Best Lures For Catching Bass?
Fishing for bass as a beginner can be hard enough, without having the trouble of choosing a lure from thousands and thousands. There are different varieties of lure but which is the best? This question is hard to answer as different lures will attract different size bass and will vary based on the waters you’re fishing. Lures such as crankbaits, rubber worms, swimbaits and jigs have been known to be a success and are a great starting point.
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