Bass fishing during the post-spawn is a great time to “walk the dog” using topwater baits such as an XPS Slim Dog, Zara Spook, Lucky Craft Sammy, etc. Here’s a quick video that teaches you the basics of walking the dog with a few helpful tips and tricks that you can use the next time you are out fishing for bass in the post-spawn period. It’s a great technique that everyone should learn.
Here’s a simple to follow 10 step guide to understanding crankbaits for bass. Let’s face it, when it comes to crankbaits, there are a lot of variables. So, we’ve layed out the 10 most important tips you need to understand to become a better crankbait fisherman.
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.
In the heat of the summer in many parts of the country, bass fishing during the day time can be brutal. With air temperatures that can rise well past the 100 degrees mark in the shade, it doesn’t make for a good time on the water. In many lakes, ponds and even rivers, most bass have made transitions towards deeper and cooler water. Fishing offshore structures put us, the angler right out in the middle on the lake with no protection from direct sunlight. During these times, I have found night fishing to be a great alternative to battling the scorching sun.
Man made swamps, every county has a few. Rivers and streams that have been dammed in one spot or another; creating a pool of water for industry, drinking or even recreation. These areas area usually shallow with a deeper spot by the dam, when I say deeper, I mean only around 5 to 6 feet. Fish such as Largemouth Bass love these areas, and some of the swamps can produce pretty sizeable fish. The trick is finding which one to fish and what lures to throw to entice them to bite.
With the first couple of warm weather days drawing near here in Illinois that means it’s time for one thing, Pre Spawn bass fishing. Bass have a biological trigger that kicks in and lets them know it’s time to move up from their deep wintering holes and onto points and structure adjacent to spawning pockets and coves.
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.