How to Find a Good Bass Fishing Spot

How to Find a Good Bass Fishing Spot
Large mouth and small mouth bass are two of the most prized species of game fish. However, finding a good fishing spot for bass is not as simple as showing up at a lake, river or stream and throwing a baited hook into the water. Experienced fishermen have their favorite bass fishing spots but are often reluctant to share such information. Here are some ways to find your own spots.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Step 1
Check with the department in your state government that is responsible for regulating fishing. Every state has such an agency. For example, the Department of Environmental Protection in Connecticut oversees all fishing. It publishes an informative fishing rules and regulations booklet--also available online--that describes a specific section of every pond, river, lake and stream in the state that is open to public fishing, as well as a guide to the species found in those waters.
Step 2
Talk to the people running your local bait shops. These individuals have a pretty good idea about where the best bass fishing spots are because the anglers that purchase fishing equipment and bait from them will normally talk about their successes when they come in. The owners of these establishments will be more than willing to let you in on the hot bass spots since it means more business for them when you need bait and equipment.
Step 3
Use the Internet to your advantage. Online fishing sites can enlighten you to where bass are plentiful; join one but be cautious about replying in a negative way to postings that talk about large catches of bass but refuse to divulge their locations. You may be able to befriend such anglers by offering to be a fishing companion when they need one, asking for their help in fine-tuning your fishing techniques and complimenting them whenever they post about their catches. The vast majority of anglers like to do anything they can to promote their sport and will eventually let a select few know where their favorite bass spots are.
Step 4
Search the shallow waters of lakes and ponds in search of bass in the spring. The shallows heat up first this time of year and bring the long dormant large mouth bass back to life after a cold winter. Remember that large mouth bass love to swim near vegetation in the shallows any time of the year.
Step 5
Find small mouth bass in rivers where the current slows down. Small mouth will lay in wait behind boulders, logs, fallen trees and where a fast current flows into deeper, calm water. Large mouth bass will also be found in rivers in similar places, but they also like to frequent inlets and coves that are out of the direct flow of a strong current.
Step 6
Seek deep holes in a river in the hot weather. Small mouth bass retreat to these cooler waters when the temperatures soar. When water levels drop the deeper spots in a river will be obvious, especially if you are able to get into the water. Many anglers in hot weather will wear an old pair of sneakers and shorts and wade right down a river looking for these holes to fish. Deep holes are often around bridges, as well as where rapids finally slow down and turn calmer. Shady areas along the riverbank and beneath thick weed beds in lakes and ponds will also attract both types of bass in the summer. Bass will tend to look for relief from the heat under docks as well, making these structures a good bet to give you some great fishing action.


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