Do you know when to bass fish? Maybe your answer would be any time. However, there are some certain times of the day, season or year, when to bass fish is more effective with certain lures and techniques.
We cannot possibly identify the best tricks for every time of the year because frankly it varies according to variety of weather and feature of geography. However, what we can do is illustrate some factors that dictate when the bass will be acting a certain way based on decades of experience and research on lakes all across the country.
Do you know when to bass fish?
Knowing when to bass fish essentially boils down to these 7 things you should consider:
·Which season for your bass fishing
·Low light underwater world
Which season for your bass fishing?
Of course, you can go fishing every time when you want and your emotion encourage it. However if the feeling when you catch fish make you happy, I think this tip will help you.
My experience has shown that it is better for you to go fishing according to breeding season of bass. We will break the bass fishing seasons into late winter, pre spawn, spawn, post spawn, summer, fall, and early winter. This breaking treatment is varied depend on other anglers.
A bass is feeding up after a long winter in the pre spawn, and then they are guarding nests during the spawn. Later they guard their hatched fry during the post spawn. They group back up with their friends in large schools in early summer and will stay that way until they start breaking up into smaller wolf packs in the late summer. Bass group back up to school and chase forage in the creek arms in the fall before finally matriculating back out deep to spend their winter until the following pre spawn.
However, each type of fish have the different spawn time but it is relatively the same and a little bit of jet lag. You should go fishing after the winter and early summer.
Water temperature affects bass
Metabolism of fish changes with the temperature of the water. When the water temperatures are in the 30s and 40s, a bass may only eat every few days and will not move far to capture his meal. Whereas when the water temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, a bass may eat several times a day. When he needs to eat that much, he will expend a lot of energy capturing food, and then make the circle of eat again.
Therefore, the late winter, early spring are the period of warmer water, which is so advantage for bass fish, before the water starts cooling off at the end of the summer. The baitfish in late winter and spring will move out of deep water and move into shallow areas. The bass begin gorging on the bait to fatten up for the spawn that is coming and to catch up from a long winter of being dormant.
Likewise, in the fall, baitfish migrate out of the deep water they retreated to with increased water temperatures to shallower areas. The bass likewise follow them again foraging day and night fattening up for what could be a long winter.
Weather influences when to bass fish
Except to the temperature of water, another weather phenomenon is rising water. Runoff and spring rains can lead to a flooding of shoreline cover and can make for some of the best bass fishing of the year. I arm myself with a spinner bait, frog, and a few flipping sticks and have a ball catching bass from flooded cover in the pre spawn, spawn and post spawn periods.
Fishing pressure can change when to fish
I might change when I bass fish when I see fish being pressured in a certain area of the lake or a certain technique of fishing. I have seen times where if I took off after work I caught them better in the evening because the fish are pressured hard in the mornings. This is usually result of the sudden weather fluctuation.
Moon phases affect bass fishing
The Lunar tables may be a good guide for anglers for many decades of bass fishing. I know some big bass experts who plan their best trips for the full moons in and around the spawn.
In the spring, full moon periods signal the spawning time for bass but also for their forage like shad and crawfish. Therefore, there can be a lot going on in the ecosystem to really improve your odds for bass fishing then.
Later in the summer, full moon nights can be some of the best times to wind a single Colorado bladed spinner-bait around for big bass on the prowl under bright moonlit skies. The moon definitely affects the bass and their prey and planning around it can often yield your best results.
Lowlight underwater world
From the spring to early fall, a lot of my fishing is based on availability. Especially in the early morning sunrise, during an overcast day, or that last hour before dark. Because this time it is so easy to convince a bass with attractive lures when the sun is not lighting up his underwater world.
The advantages is that bass can target and pounce on unsuspecting bait when those low light make him blind and be more easily caught. Therefore, I know what the advantage period is the spring and fall, or overcast and windy days, and other low light conditions.