How to Catch Bass in Minnesota When the Water is Warm

How to Catch Bass in Minnesota When the Water is WarmWhen fishing for bass in Minnesota during times when the waters are warm, many of the same techniques which prove successful in other areas with warm waters will work. The main thing to remember is that when waters warm, bass become more active, more aggressive and more prone to feed. One very effective bait is the Trick Worm which is available in most sporting good and bait shops.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • 7-foot medium heavy rod and matched reel
  • 10-pound (minimum) test line
  • Trick Worms
  • 4/0 or 5/0 EWG hooks
Step 1
Tie a 4/0 or 5/0 EWG hook onto the fishing line. Use a clinch knot to attach the hook. Thread the line through the eye of the hook with 3 to 4 inches of line extending from the eye. Wrap the tag or loose end of the line around the main line for seven to eight turns. Feed the tag end through the small loop formed above the eye of the hook. Moisten the knot and pull tight.
Step 2
Insert the point of the hook through the head or large end of the Trick Worm. Push the hook down for about one half inch and out the bottom (flat side) of the worm. Slide the worm down to the eye of the hook. Turn the hook point back toward the body of the worm and insert the point through the body of the worm and out the opposite side. Adjust the worm on the hook so that it is straight on the hook and then insert the point just under the surface of the worm to make it weedless.
Step 3
Cast the worm to cover, along a bank, or to areas where bass are actively feeding. Allow the worm to settle slowly and then use small jerking motions to move the Trick Worm. Allow it to settle once again, pause briefly, and repeat the process.
Step 4
When a bass takes the worm, wait no longer than 15 to 20 seconds to set the hook. This will help to ensure a good lip hook rather than allowing the bass to swallow the hook resulting in a gut hook.
Step 5
Reel the fish into the shore or bank. Make sure to guide the bass away from structure or objects where the line may become tangled or the fish could throw the hook.

Tips & Warnings

Use a variety of Trick Worm colors depending on the time of day or season.
Experiment with techniques and actions when fishing.
Use caution when handling hooks as they will typically be honed very sharp from the manufacturer.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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