Season of the year, water clarity, water level, and current weather are integral elements anglers should consider when looking for bass. Texas bass anglers have developed an insatiable appetite for informative clips about largemouth bass. Topics depicting new or upcoming hotspots are just as well-received as those that explain in detail how to perform an innovative fishing technique or get the most out of a hot new lure. As interesting and informative as they may be, however, directives such as this help solve only a small part of the bass fishing puzzle. Think about it.
The primary objective of bass fishing is to catch fish. And no matter how much you know about a given body of water, or how many consecutive times you can pitch a jig into a coffee mug at 20 paces, you won’t be able to fulfill that task unless you can leap one of bass fishing’s greatest hurdles – finding fish. Knowing how to catch bass is one thing. Knowing how to find them is another.
I’ve met several anglers over the years who were incredibly good at catching bass, but their fish-finding abilities left lots of room for improvement. To be considered a “well-rounded” angler, you must be able to do both equally well. No matter if I’m approaching a strange impoundment or one I know as well as the back of my hand, the avenues I follow when searching for catchable bass are pretty much the same. Albeit far from fool-proof, the following plan of attack might help take some of the guesswork out of finding bass on your next fishing trip. and as I said above that fishermen need to improve their fishing skills because they can’t wait for fish and when they feel bored, they left fishing. When you go fishing and spend a whole day at the site, so maybe at one point you feel bore. now I would like to give a tip. if you like to watch sports then go to the nbcsports com activate. here you can watch live sports free. So you can enjoy your favorite sports with fishing.
SEASON OF THE YEAR
One of the first things you should take into consideration is the season of the year. Is it fall, winter, spring or summer? Bass do different things at different times of the year. Not only can the season give you a good idea as to whether the fish will be holding in shallow, mid-range or deep water, but it can shed some valuable light as to what types of forage they may be feeding on and which types of lures and/or fishing methods may be best suited for the occasion. Savvy anglers utilize such information to establish “seasonal patterns.”
Another seasonal note worth mentioning has to do with the geographic location of the impoundment up for discussion. Timeliness of the various seasons tends to vary according to where the reservoir is located. Take fall, for instance. The farther north you go, the sooner the fish are affected by the autumn cooling trends. Fall fishing in Texas normally gets kicked off sometime around the middle of September, whereas it may begin as early as August in a Yankee state like Minnesota or Vermont.
HIGH or LOW, CLEAR or MUDDY
As is the case with the season of the year, these factors can sometimes dictate the depth of water at which the largest concentrations of fish will be, what they’ll be relating to and which tools will work best in the hunt. Late winter and spring are typically the wettest seasons of the year in Texas; summer is the driest.
Under normal conditions, most Texas reservoirs will be very clear and at their lowest levels of the year during the fall. The low, clear water typically comes as the result of minimal summer rains, day-to-day evaporation and the demand for electricity in surrounding areas. Low water in the fall tends to concentrate bass and baitfish to the creek channels more than anything else, so that’s normally where I’ll concentrate my efforts, unless, of course, something abnormal happens and tells me to alter the plan.
A timely example would be the quick rise some of our East Texas reservoirs experienced back in mid-September instead of Hurricane Francis. More than 15-inches of rain fell in some areas and caused many areas lakes to rise as much as 2-3 feet in less than a week, subsequently flooding lots of new vegetation that had grown up during the summer drought. Just about any time a sudden rise like this occurs, you can pretty much bet the bass will go it.
Rather than coming on worms and jigs dabbled around the structure at 8-12 feet, the winning weights came on spinnerbaits fished around newly flooded vegetation in 2-3 feet of water. That’s hardly “normal” for early September. But the anglers who recognized the change and knew how to adapt to it collected a pretty good payday.
Bass are object nuts and they like to use the cover for shelter as well as concealment when staging an ambush on baitfish. The type and amount of available cover on an impoundment can tell you a lot about where the fish may be.
On California impoundments, many of which are very rocky with gravel banks and exceptional water clarity down to 15 feet, it’s pretty obvious the fish are going to have to resort to deeper water to find cover. Most of the bass on these lakes are caught off structure 20-50 feet deep. That’s hardly the case on lakes with lots of shoreline and shallow covers such as laydown logs, boat docks, hydrilla, milfoil, eelgrass, willow bushes, and buck brush. Bass inhabiting these types of lakes tend to spend a large percentage of the year relating to such cover.
They usually won’t leave shallow water until water temperatures drop below 55 degrees. On Texas lakes, this may not occur until the middle or latter part of December, possibly later depending on the frequency and intensity of frontal activity.
VISIBLE SIGNS OF LIFE
Many anglers rely so much on their fish-catching abilities to find fish that they neglect the signs that are most obvious to them. I always pay close attention to my surroundings, especially during the fall of the year when the bass is feeding ultra-heavy on shad. Not only will I watch for wakes, swells, scampering forage and other signs of feeding activity, but I’ll also pay close attention to those feathered fishermen known as blue herons. Herons fish for a living. So when you see one or more of big birds perched on a stump alongside a winding creek channel, you can pretty much bet he’s there for a reason. Check it out.
Never bypass a fishy-looking piece of covers like an isolated bush or laydown log without giving it the attention it deserves. One cast may aggravate a bass, but the fish may not get so irritated as to strike the lure until it sees the bait two, three or maybe even four times. When I suspect a piece of cover or a certain area is holding fish I’ll fish it thoroughly and from varied angles.
LISTEN TO THE FISH
No voodoo or weird stuff intended here folks. What I mean when I say “listen to the fish” is to pay attention to what the fish are telling you through their actions and adapt to it. If you’ve spent two full days fishing what appears to be ideal shallow cover with the proper fall tools such as the spinnerbait, buzz bait, plastic worm and topwater, but only experienced marginal results, it’s fairly safe to assume the fish probably aren’t shallow. Try moving out to nearby channels in somewhat deeper water. That’s more than likely where the fish have gone. But you won’t be able to find out for sure unless you give it a try.