Doodling involves dropping a plastic fish in the water and wiggling your line slightly. Then shake the worm again and start pulling up your line. Every 6 inches, stop and wiggle the line again. This mimics the look of a real worm and tricks the bass into thinking the food is moving on its own accord, which can result in some big catches.
The color of your lure can make a big difference on the number of catches you make in a single day. Dark-brown lures are used in the late summer and early fall, because the color changes in deeper water and looks like shad. Red lures are good for use in dirty or dark-colored water, because the color shows up better. You can also use dark blue throughout the year, because it's the same color as a night crawler.
If you plan on fishing at night, use a fluorescent line with a black light. Once you drop the line, hold the light over the water if you lose your line. You can also use spinning lures or lighted lures, which not only attract the fish but also illuminate the water and make them hard to lose. Lures with contrasting colors, such as green and red, work well at catching bass at night.
Winter Bass Fishing
During the winter, fish in areas where the water is deeper, preferably 10 feet deep or more. Bass tend to hide in these areas during the colder months, while in warmer months the fish stick closer to the shore. Also use lures that have lighter colors, such as pale green, and those made of soft plastic. Take your time pulling the line back, because bass tend to be slower in the winter.