I can’t catch bass in my local resevoir, but I know they are there. What am I doing wrong?

Although I’ve tried Bass fishing several of the reservoirs in our area – I don’t seem to have much luck. What should I be looking for?

Reservoirs can be tricky due to the fact that the water level often fluctuates.  These fluctuations make it almost impossible for any type of vegetation to grow along the edges or shoreline.  Since we know that the Bass prefers these types of cover, we have to look elsewhere and be as creative as they have to be.  In older reservoirs your best bet is going to be midlake rather than along the shoreline.  Odds are there‘s more vegetation in the middle of the reservoir than on it‘s edges.  You might not be able to see it, but in most cases it‘s there.  Because structure is minimal, if you can find it, you’re more likely to find the Bass.  They’ll hang close and tight.  Once of the reasons you may be having trouble is that you’re spooking the fish.  Make sure your approach is slow and quiet and fish each structure with care.  When casting, use the lightest weight you can and practice getting your bait in the water as quietly as possible.  If the reservoir is clear, you may have to back off and use a longer cast to avoid spooking the Bass.  If there are any docks or piers on the reservoir, take the time to fish them carefully.  In some cases, they may be providing the only cover the Bass can find.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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