When the summer weather is at its warmest, go right into the smaller rivers and larger streams that abound in New England. Wear a pair of old shorts and sneakers and literally wade right into the rivers where the water level is down because of the heat of July, August, and early September. This gives the angler access to the places where bass like to go. Wear a high-quality fishing vest to carry your tackle so you can keep your hands free for your fishing pole. Concentrate on where currents converge, deep pools and along the banks where the current is slower. Largemouth and smallmouth bass can be caught in these places with a variety of lures such as fake worms, crank baits and live night crawlers. Don't fall in love with one spot for too long; cover as much ground as possible.
The early spring can be a frustrating time for New England bass fishermen because of the unpredictability of the weather. Even though the bass have been under the ice in many ponds and lakes, they are not aggressive until the water temperature begins to rise. It takes at least three days in succession of warm weather for the water to become warm enough for bass to start moving after lures. It is best to fish on a cloudy day right after a warming trend. Pay attention to the long-range forecasts in the spring and use this information to your advantage.
In the fall, bass fishing in New England can change depending on the type of lake or pond. In large lakes, the weeds that have held bass all summer now begin to die off, forcing the bass to find other places to inhabit. Bass will look to stay in places where they can ambush schools of smaller bait fish. Any structure that provides cover in the deeper water is a likely spot for bass in the fall. As water temperatures begin to fall into the 60-degree F range, bass will congregate in places such as docks and boulders to take advantage of their propensity to draw heat from the sun, warming the water. Lily pads are a good place to throw a lure or a frog bait because bass will stick by these plants to try and eat the insects that land on them.