River fishing for bass

When river fishing for Bass where should I look for them?

When fishing rivers you need to try and think like a bass.  The main question you need to ask yourself is where is a bass most likely to find and catch food. 

Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are ambush predators.  They are often found in the vicinity of large rocks.  It is important when fishing for these bass not to cast directly at the rock you suspect may hold bass.  You need to pay attention to the current and cast you bait beyond the target and then bring it through the target area.  A shallow running crankbait is a good choice to use in this situation.

Fallen trees in the river are another magnet for bass. You should fish these areas much the same as you would an area of rocks as mentioned in the above paragraph.  The deeper the water the larger the bass that hold in these areas.

Creek mouths are another excellent place to fish in a river.  The area of water where the water from the creek mixes with the water from the main river in an excellent fishing area.  You can use a wide variety of baits in this situation.

The type of bass you are fishing for matters.  Smallmouth bass prefer faster currents with rock bottoms.  Largemouth bass are more often found in backwaters and areas of lesser current. They prefer trees and weeds to rocks.

When all else fails remember the motto “fish the shoreline”.  Look for a shoreline that slopes sharply downward to the river.  The steeper the shoreline is the higher chance bugs and other potential food will drop into the water.


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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