Lake Bass

What are your best tips for bass fishing on a lake?

It depends on when you are fishing. But there are some generalities.

Largemouth Bass are ‘Ambush’ predators, meaning that they will hide somewhere and wait for a likely meal to swim by, then engulf it in one huge, often violent, inhalation of water. The water goes out the gills, and the unfortunate meal goes to the stomach. Largemouth and smallmouth bass seldom, if ever ‘chase down’ thier prey, but they will stalk it if the opportunity presents itself. This means that you will seldom find large, or smallmouth bass in open water. They will be in some kind of heavy cover, or near structure, where they can hide, or blend in with the background, until the time to strike is right. While Largemouth Bass tolerate heat well, they do not like it particularly, nor do they like bright light, so during the day, they will move to deeper, cooler water, and move into the shallows at night. You will find them along drop-offs and channels, near submerged timber, along shady banks, again in cover, and other places where they can ambush food.

Happy Fishing.

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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