Large Mouth Bass Fishing Tips

Large Mouth Bass Fishing Tips
Big fighters, largemouth bass are a popular catch. Originally found only east of the Mississippi River, these fish today are stocked and fished all across Mexico, Canada and the United States, including Hawaii. You can also catch them in Africa, Europe and Asia. Largemouth bass differ from their cousins in the sunfish family due to their longer bodies and a mandible that reaches past their eyes. Whether your preference is for the Florida largemouth or the Northern largemouth, having a plan before you cast out is the key to success.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Select the appropriate tackle. Choose a rod and reel designed with the type of fishing you want to do in mind whether flip casting, pitching, casting or jigging. Pick a rod with a sensitive tip and stiff tail to help sense a largemouth bite and to set the hook.
Step 2
Use live bait, such as worms, frogs, live fish and crayfish, that largemouth commonly eat. Try a variety of lures, including plastic worms, surface lures, bass fishing jigs, spinner baits and spoon plugs--all of which ideal for drifting or trolling along the edge of weeds, where largemouth bass often lurk.
Step 3
Seek the type of waterway where largemouth are most likely to congregate. Cast out in ponds, lakes, reservoirs and rivers where currents are either nonexistent or minimal.
Step 4
Consider vegetation and bottom structure when targeting largemouth bass. Fish in areas where vegetation provides cover, such as lilies, weeds and cattails. Cast out near humanmade structures, such as boat docks. Use a fish finder if visibility is minimal to determine areas where the bottom is sloping, offers drop-offs or has changes in contour.
Step 5
Fish in deeper areas during the winter and spring when water temperature is below 55 F. These areas will offer the warmest water, which will attract largemouth bass.
Step 6
Fish during the largemouth spawning period, between spring and summer. Fish in the shallows in water temperatures between 55 F and 62 F.
Step 7
Seek largemouth bass in shaded areas during the summer or in the shallows between the evening and early morning when water temperatures reach 75 F or higher.
Step 8
Seek largemouth bass in deeper waters during the summer when water temperatures exceed 80 F. The sun and heat will send them to deep water, which is more oxygenated.
Step 9
Fish in the shallows during the fall, in the same areas as during the spawning period, when water temperatures dip below 70 degrees.

Tips & Warnings

Remember that on hot summer days largemouth bass are likely to relocate to deeper waters. However, in deeper lakes there will often be a thermocline, where the water temperature drops at a steady level from the surface to a certain depth and then drops more rapidly at depth. As a result, oxygen levels at the deepest areas of the lake will not be sufficient to sustain bass populations. Bass will hover at more central depths. In this situation, consider using a midwater lure.

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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