It’s pretty safe to say that the post-spawn is one of the hardest times of year to catch bass, in fact, many anglers feel it can be brutal.
Looking back on my first days of Bass fishing, I can remember how simple my thought process was... choose a lake, bring my favorite rod, favorite lure and try to catch fish. I never considered; time of year, water temperature, weather changes, oxygen levels, water clarity, water depth, pressure changes, location of bait fish and all the other variables that play an important role in Bass fishing. Today, I can't even fish from the shore without trying to assess all of the many variables which effect the feeding habits of bass. It's an ongoing educational course that we'll never graduate from. Bottom line, the more we know and apply, the more productive we will be on the water.
If you are a tournamnet angler, winter is the perfect time to start getting ready for the next season. All other sports have a pre-season, so should bass fishing. Here are few things that you should do during the bass fishng off season.
Line watching has been a great way of detecting strikes in many types of fishing. It can be tricky at times, and especially when ice fishing with different light conditions.
As the days begin getting warmer, spring fever kicks and its time to go bass fishing. With the warmer days and nights, come warmer water temperatures. That equates to the fish moving into shallower water on our local lakes, creeks, rivers and ponds. This is a time when most fish become active again and are easier to catch.
Ice out is something that is highly anticipated by the northern anglers. Many lakes, reservoirs and ponds can freeze solid for several months, keeping you away from catching bass, unless you’re an ice fishermen. As the end of winter approaches, all we keep saying is “when will the ice finally start to melt?” When the winter continues to linger on the excitement for the ice out builds. For those of you who didn’t spend your free time during the winter organizing your tackle boxes, cleaning your reels and all
As daytime temperatures begin reaching the 70's and 80's, the surface water temps also begin to rise. As any "bass minded angler" can tell you, it won't be long until those green creatures of the deep begin their annual migration to the shallows to spawn (lay eggs). It is during this time that most of us dust off our gear and head to our favorite lake. When bass are shallow, they are the easiest to catch.
We picked 5 of our favorite bass fishing tips for each season and put them into a guide that's easy to follow. No matter what time of year it is, you need to be in sync with what bass are doing. Choosing the right lure, technique or presenation can make or break your day out on the water. Whether it's knowing how to use your electronics to catch bass suspended in the water column or applying some simple old school tips and tricks, there's something in our guide that can help everyone find the big ones.