Fishing for bass at night can often yield great results. If you head out after dark, you angler can avoid crowded lakes and rivers. Plus, it can be exciting to feel a fish on the line in the dark when you cannot see it. Accomplished bass anglers know when to go, where to fish, what lures to use and how to stay safe in the dark.
The best time to go bass fishing at night is in the middle of a summer heat wave. The heat of the day causes bass to stop feeding and seek shelter from the sun. Anglers will find no matter what type of lure they use that bass are more interested in staying in the shade than attacking it. When the sun goes down, bass head to the shallows, away from cooler and deeper waters, to feed. That makes them susceptible to a variety of lures.
Concentrate on shallow, weedy areas near the shoreline. Bass congregate in many of the same spots they do during the day. Boat docks, especially lighted ones, will hold bass, as will dropoffs and underwater cover, such as brush piles. If you choose to fish from a river bank, you will do better where the current is slow and where the water is somewhat deep close to shore.
What to use
Lures that regularly produce bass at night include spinnerbaits, in-line spinners and plastic worms. Black is a good color choice. Bass have excellent night vision and black is one of the colors they pick up more easily. Plastic worms and similar plastic baits work better if they are Texas-rigged, with the hook stuck through live bait to help avoid weed and timber snags. Many anglers who venture out at night also swear by topwater lures. Plastic frogs, plugs and wobbling crawlers are all good options. Present night crawlers on the bottom of a river to catch bass, catfish and eels. Using braided line is always a good idea when fishing for bass at night. It holds up well when trying to pull a fish from cover once it is hooked.
If you fish at night, safety should be a priority. Make sure you have working running lights on your boat, flotation devices, a suitable anchor and a horn that works. A GPS unit and a compass are recommended, because the chances of fog on the water increase exponentially at night. A radio to monitor weather fronts also is good to have on board. Remember to take someone with you if you fish for bass at night. Finally, let other people know where you are fishing and then stick to this plan if an emergency arises.