How to Catch Largemouth Bass: Best Bass Fishing Tips

Largemouth bass

Whether you are a beginner or experienced fisherman, you need to know some tips and techniques that will help you catch largemouth bass. With the right approach, you can catch largemouth bass even if you are a novice. So keep on reading to get more knowledge and improve your bass fishing skills.

Basic information about largemouth bass

A largemouth bass is one of the most popular game fish in North America. It is widespread in every state except Alaska. There are lots of competitions and shows throughout the US, anglers from all over the world try to beat world record and American and Japanese companies constantly invest in equipment and tackles for bass fishing.

It is quite easy to distinguish a largemouth bass from other species of fish. A largemouth bass is olive green and has a dark strip that comes horizontally along the flanks. This fish can live up to 16 years. It is rather an aggressive fish that attacks and eats all sorts of prey that can be as large as 25 to 50% of its body length. Bass can catch microscopic zooplankton, insects, frogs, scuds, bait fish, crawfish, shrimps, small fish, mice, and snakes. So when choosing a lure, try to get something that will resemble the prey for the bass.

Largemouth bass usually weighs about 2 lbs. Any bass that weighs more than 6 lbs. is generally a female. The biggest bass (22.4 lbs. and 29.5” length) was caught in Japan in 2009. Then this record was tied in 2011.

Bass can easily adapt to various habitats and live in rivers, lakes, reservoirs, ponds, and other waters.

Where to find largemouth bass?

Where to find largemouth bass

The key to success in bass fishing is to know the places where to catch bass. Bass prefer shallow waters with warm water. They generally live in places with thick vegetation, fallen trees, boulders, rock walls, stumps, and boat docks. But it doesn’t mean that you cannot find largemouth bass in open water. It is also possible, but the probability is much lower.

Bass like searching for prey fish and crayfish in the areas with vegetation. In murky water, the grass and weeds are only in shallow zones and bass rarely moves deeper than 8 or 10 feet. If it is clear water, plants can grow in the depth of up to 20 feet, so bass prefers going deeper.

In the locations where there is no vegetation or it is limited, for example, small farm ponds or reservoirs, bass look for the brush cover.

Tips & tricks to catch largemouth bass

The number of tips and advice for bass fishing always increases. Professional anglers develop new tactics in order to make their catch better. So we picked out the best tips that have proven to be effective for many years.

Take into account the habits of bass

Habits of largemouth bass

  • Know the places where bass hide and rest. Bass like to hide in thick vegetation and look for a shady spot on a hot summer day. The best place for this is underneath docks. When it is cloudy, bass come out of their shelter. So when fishing, consider the places where bass can hide.
  • Cast near the grass, weeds, and fallen trees. After the spawning period, bass move to the places where they can rest and hide. If the water is clear, bass will go deeper around the edges of grass and weed beds. If the water is murky, bass will stay in the shallow area.
  • Face the wind. Since bass always move with the current, it is better to face the wind. So a largemouth bass will find your bait or lure before they see your boat.

Best time to catch bass

When to catch largemouth bass

  • Choose the right time of day for bass fishing. The best time to catch largemouth bass is the early morning or last few hours of the evening. In the afternoon, bass will feed if the weather is cloudy or the water is muddy. It is better to find the place where you are going to fish about an hour before sunrise or sunset.
  • Fish during the pre-spawn period. The pre-spawn of bass starts in spring when the water temperature reaches about 55-65 degrees and then both male and female bass move to the shallow spots. During this period they start feeding and looking for the place to spawn. It is a favorable time for fishermen since they can catch a trophy bass just from the bank because they come rather closely. But if you catch a female bass, you should release it in order to continue the spawning and give birth to another bass.
  • Fish before the storm. If you know that it is going to be a storm, you should seize the opportunity. The pressure of a coming front makes the bass more active and this is the best time to catch bass. Keep in mind that the worst time is after the storm since bass aren’t likely to bite.

Take care of your fishing gear

Gear to catch largemouth bass

  • Choose and keep your hooks sharp. It doesn’t take much time to sharpen the hooks. If your hook is dull, you have fewer chances that it will penetrate the largemouth bass.
  • Watch the line. The line can contact with branches, snags, rocks, gravel, so it can break. Though many fishermen prefer a monofilament line, thin braided line (6-10lbs.) is more durable and will last you for years. If you fish in clear water, you can add a fluorocarbon leader (8-10ls.) which will help you fool more bass.
  • Treat your rod and reel in a proper way. Don’t throw your reel and never let the sand or mud get into it since you can damage it.

Choose the right lures and baits

Largemouth bass lure

  • Use topwater lures. Such lures are the most effective, especially on a hot summer day. Popping frogs or plastic plugs create a splash, bubbles, and waves triggering the interest of a bass and it looks up to see what it going on. When the lure settles after popping, bass think that it is a weak or dying baitfish and strike. This is effective over thick vegetation or deep water.
  • Red color fools the bass. Use spinnerbaits with a red or peach-color head and crankbaits with red hooks. Bass think that the bait is injured and they will bite.
  • Use lures that produce some noise and vibrations. If you are struggling to get a bite, try to attract bass by making some noise. Use chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits or buzzbaits that create a loud noise and attract bass from far away spots.
  • Examine a caught bass. When you caught a bass, look inside of its mouth. It will sometimes spit up what it was feeding on. So you can see what color or kind of lure to use. If you like live baits, try and catch what they are feeding on and use it as a bait.
  • Size of the lure doesn’t matter. If you think the larger the lure, the larger bass you can find, you are mistaken. It’s not really true. A largemouth bass can eat the prey that is 25-50% of its length. So you can catch a small bass even with a large lure.
  • Use some live bait. If you don’t have success with artificial lures, try live bait. Worms, crayfish or frogs are great alternatives.
  • Save shredded worms and don’t throw them away. Bass may think that your plastic shredded worms are wounded prey and they are more likely to attack, especially in shallow water.
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