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Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game
fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders
to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Bass
are aggressive feeders and agile enough to chase down
and catch most of their favorite foods. They are most
easily caught during a feeding spree but can be enticed
into striking an anglers bait for reasons other than
hunger. They are predatory by nature and at times will
strike at anything that enters their world. They are
also territorial and at times strike anything that
ventures into their domain. If it moves and they can get
it into their large mouth, bass will attempt to eat it.
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The largemouth bass has a mouth that opens wide
enough to swallow its own head. It will attempt to eat
virtually anything it can catch and swallow. Growing to
well over 20 pounds, it is much bigger than it's cousin
the smallmouth bass. Smaller bass tend to school then
become more of a loner, the older they get.
Thanks to Scotty, the
Southern Oregon Rivers Fishing Guide for the
smallmouth Bass photo above.
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Top Baits: Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms.
Fish shallow to moderate depths as the bass move into
the shallows for warmer water, spawning and food source
activity. Try shallow-water flippin on cloudy days or in
Top Baits: Crankbaits, Jigs and plastic worms.
Fish shallow in the mornings and evenings and move
deeper as the sun rises. "Deep" depends on the overall
depth of the lake you are fishing. In some lakes you may
need to go as deep as 60 feet while others seldom hold
fish below 35 feet.
Top Baits: Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and spoons.
Fish shallow to moderate depths in the mornings and
evenings. As the bass move deeper during the day move to
outside deep structure and use spoons or jigs.
Top Baits: Jigs, pork baits and plastic worms.
Try shallow in the mornings then move deeper as the sun
rises. Bass are not very active in cold water, so move
your bait in a slow, easy to catch manner and fish deep
cover and structure. "Deep" depends on the overall depth
of the lake you are fishing. In some lakes you may need
to go as deep as 60 feet while others seldom hold fish
below 45 feet.
Fishing Hot Spots
Fish concentrate in key areas in the water. Fishermen
call these honey holes. Below are some examples of
places you may locate while fishing. You could stumble
upon your own honey hole.
Bass, bluegills, walleye, pike and muskies all love
weeds growing in the water. Weed beds provide protection
and food. The weeds are also home to minnows, crayfish,
frogs, or shrimp that the larger fish feed on. Weeds
filter the water from impurities and add oxygen for the
fish to breath. Best lures: jig and pig, plastic worm,
spinnerbait, and topwaters.
WOOD AND ROCKS
Wood (sunken trees, stumps, dock pilings, etc.) and
rocks are found in most fresh water or saltwater fishing
holes. Fish lurk around these types of cover for shelter
and for ambushing prey. The slimy coating, or algae,
that grows on this cover attracts minnows and smaller
fish. Best lures: jig and pig, crankbait, spinnerbait,
and plastic worm.
The area where a river or creek flows into a larger
body of water can be excellent for fishing. The flowing
water carries the food to the waiting fish. For many
fish species, the river acts as their spawning grounds
(reproduce). The fish will hold in this are in the
Spring until the time is right to move upstream.
Temperature differences between the river and the large
body of water meet in this location, creating a perfect
temperature condition for many fish. Best lures: Spoon,
crankbait, spinnerbait, and topwaters.
Better known as a sudden depth change. These areas
provide fish with a simple way to move from deep water
to shallow water, or vice versa. This area can be a good
place to find pike, muskies, bass and many saltwater
fish far from shore. Best lures: spinnerbait, spoon,
plastic worm, and jig and pig.
How To Catch Bass Fishing Guides For Bass Techniques
- An inexpensive and rugged reel to start with is
the spincast outfit. You can pick up a good one
(around $10) at any tackle or discount store, or
have your parents purchase one online.
- Practice your casting skills. Use an open area
with no trees or power lines. Practice plugs are
best suited for practicing. Place a target on the
ground about 25 feet in front of you. Extend your
arm with the rod pointed at the target, bend your
arm back until the rod is at the 1 o'clock position,
then snap your arm forward while releasing the
button at the same time.
- The best lures. Most fish will bite a lure that
looks like a minnow, crayfish (crawdad), or other
living prey. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and plastic
worms work best for bass. Trout, pike and saltwater
fish will hit shiny metal lures. Use a tackle box or
a utility box to hold your lures. Remember the hooks
- Normally fish hide around cover. Cover can be
anything from weeds, trees, logs, and rocks. Don't
be afraid to cast into this good stuff. Most strikes
will occur on the drop, when the lure passes by the
cover, or bumps into the cover. You may lose a few
lures when fishing cover but you'll catch more fish.
- Vary the retrieve speed to make the lure look
- When a fish strikes you need to set the hook.
The second you feel a tap on the line lower the rod
tip, reel up the slack and sharply jerk the rod
- Fishing heavy cover, where the bigger fish
normally live, use a plastic worm or a "jig and pig"
(leadhead jig with a pork frog trailer). Cast into
the thickest area of the cover, let the lure drop,
then shake the rod tip gently to coax a bite.
- Topwater lures are the most exciting to fish.
These lures float on the surface. When fishing with
a topwater, cast near the cover, let it set for
several seconds, then twitch the rod tip so the lure
works on the surface. When done correctly you will
experience a KA-SPLOOSH - the surface explodes as
the fish bites your lure.
- When fishing is tough or slow, try using a
smaller lure. A 4-inch worm is a good choice. Rig
the worm on a 1/0 hook with a BB-size split-shot
weight attached to the line about 18 inches above
the hook. Cast the lure out and wait for it to
settle on the bottom. Work or reel it very slow. The
weight will bounce on the bottom, causing the worm
to dart in different directions.
- After you master the spincast outfit, try a more
precise spinning or baitcaster. Spinning reels are
ideal for clear water using 4 to 10 pound test line.
The baitcaster is best for big, strong fish. Use
line with a 12 to 30 pound test.
Fishing is more fun when you share it with a friend
or parent. Show a beginner how you learned to cast,
tie knots, and select lures.
Thanks to Larry Hyatt from Kennewick, Washington for
sending us these tips from the