White Bass Fishing Tips

White Bass Fishing Tips
White bass are smaller on average than their cousins, the largemouth bass. White bass frequent warmer waters when they can, and they occupy a majority of lakes and rivers throughout much of the southern United States. These fish don't necessarily go for anything dangled in front of them, but they are also not a difficult fish to figure out. With that, there are some techniques and tips gained from anglers over the years that bear fruit when practiced.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Lightweight fishing rod
  • Bait or spin casting reel
  • 5 weight monofilament line
  • Small jigs and spoons
  • Fish finder
Step 1
Look for areas on your lake or river where there are lots of gulls or other birds working and fishing. This is a good indicator of the presence of fish. Because white bass are known to frequent a set depth, you can use the birds as a guide to get you to prime fishing areas. Don't overlook what the animals can show us. The anglers at Hidden Fishing Tips recommend using the bird technique to locate schools of white bass.
Step 2
Use a jig fishing method to entice white bass into striking. Set a small spoon lure into the water by casting out as far as you can. Let the spoon drop down to the depth your fish finder shows to be where the fish reside. Once at the right depth, begin using a quick jerk and snap as you reel the lure in. Make the spoon dance up and down in a jigging motion.
Step 3
Tie Mann's 20s or 30+s, a Bagley's DB3 or a Norman's Big N if you need to get your jig and lure down into the deeps when going for the big white bass, reports the anglers at Night Hawk Publications. These rigs let you get your rig down into the deeper water without hitting bottom as you begin your jigging motion retrieve.
Step 4
Cast out your jig setup and let it go down almost to the bottom when striving to land the bigger white bass in a school. Retrieve the lure only after you let it sink. Smaller white bass will rest in the upper portions of the school and strikes gained in this level are typically the smaller white bass. Be patient and let the jig drop deep then begin your jigging retrieve to get bigger white bass.
Step 5
Approach schools and fish beds with a trolling motor only and be sure to be vigilant of where the shadows are dropping. White bass spook easily and will bolt when shadows fall over them or they are confronted by engine noise. If possible, try and paddle up to the schooling fish and then cast into them.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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