5 Tips For Summer Bass Fishing

by Justin on June 26, 2008

By Larry Thornhill

1. Go Dark If your water is a popular recreation destination consider fishing after dark. Things usually settle down at this time and the fish typically become more active. Safety is the big concern after dark. Don’t fish alone; know your water; always wear a PFD; make sure your boat is properly lighted; and watch for other boat traffic.

2. If you can’t fish after dark go early Most fish are more active at dawn than in the evening during the hottest days of summer. It’s easy enough to get up around 4:00 a.m., fish a few hours, and then go home and take a nap.

3. Deep-diving crankbaits are hot Deep-diving crankbaits are super bass lures during July, August and into September. Throw them over offshore breaks and ledges. Long cast and very fast retrieves are usually your best option.

4. Fish schooling bass Often bass will surface-school during the hottest days of summer. Look for them breaking the surface and cast directly into the school. Small topwater baits, spoons, in-line spinners and crankbaits are effective lure choices for this type of fishing.

5. Release your bass immediately Survival times for bass in hot weather, hot water conditions are short. Release you fish immediately so you can catch them another day.

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7 comments… read them below or add one

Tom Sorenson June 26, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Thanks for posting those – the dog days of summer can be tough to catch big bass! We catch a lot of small ones during that time, but I’ll have to see if these tips can help nail some of the larger bass.

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Brett February 25, 2009 at 1:07 am

Crankbaits are definitly my favorite bait. Nice article

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Erik April 17, 2009 at 5:20 am

I like to try topwater baits also, they are a lot of fun.


Joe April 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm

These are some excellent tips Justin, and I really do appreciate the last tip. Letting the fish go so you can catch it again. The fish are amazing creatures, they are a fun challenge to catch but the thrill is always in the chase! Throwing them back is not only good for the fish, it also makes you feel a worthier Fisherman.


Justin April 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

@Joe – Catch and release is alot of fun. Went fishing over the weekend. Only caught one the fish weren’t biting but we put it back in the lake.


Joe October 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Don’t forget about fly fishing. Tossing a deer hair popper just before dark can produce!


Justin October 11, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I’ll have to learn how to fly fish. It sounds fun.


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