Bass are rather finicky about their environment! If the water isn’t between 68 and 78 degrees, bass are likely to be moving on to waters within their narrow range of comfort – instead of eating.
When the weather heats up, bass head for cooler waters. Look for deep pools in the body of water in which you are fishing. Bass are very fond of hiding near the drop-off points of deep holes s0 they stay cool while waiting for something smaller than themselves to stroll by.
Fall and Winter
As the water starts to cool, bass moves back to the shallows (from the deep pools) to do some serious feeding. They must eat enough to carry them through the winter months – no matter how much cold comes their way.
During the early chilly mornings, bass are likely to be lazy and slow-moving. As the sunlight strikes the water and warms it, bass will become more active. Under these circumstances, bass like to live in shallow waters, hiding in grasses and weeds, around submerged stumps, etc.
How Can You Apply this Info?
- It is important to know the water’s temperature. You will be wasting your time fishing for bass in a shallow pond if the water is over 80 degrees.
- Having a topographical map of the body of water in which you fish is a great investment.
- Predator fish, such as bass, tend to hide in submerged structures (rock piles, weedy areas, around fallen trees, etc.), watching for a tasty tidbit!
- The TV meteorologist is your best friend!
If you live in an area near water, as we do, the meteorologist adds water conditions to the weathercast: high and low tides, water clarity, water level and water flow.
When you find water at the correct temperature, your task is to figure out what he’s in the mood to eat – and serve it up on the end of your line.
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