Bass Fishing Tips For Catching Fish All Summer

Bass fishing is a favorite summer past time for many Americans. Unfortunately many would be bass masters lack the knowledge and experience needed to find summer time bass. They fish in the same spots that were hot during the spawn and when they come up empty handed blame their gear, water conditions or even the fish themselves. Chances are they real problem is not how they are fishing but where.

I cannot count the number of times I have encountered disenchanted anglers returning to the dock with an empty creel and no idea why. Over and over again I hear the same story “I don’t know why it was so slow. Last time I was here I limited out” or something to that affect. Of course when I ask a few question I find “last time” was early April rather than mid-July and when it comes to bass fishing a couple of months might as well be a lifetime.

The life of a bass is very regulated in term of when and how it breeds, rests and even eats. Since fish do no have watches or calendars they rely on the sun and temperature instead. As the length of the day increases and water temperatures rise they know summer is approaching and it is time to prepare to breed. As each reach their peak, which corresponds with mid-summer, they move to the cooler & more protected waters in search of fresh young prey. And the cycle goes on season after season.

What this means to you is it is necessary to understand this cycle to determine where bass are more likely to be during a given summer, or even throughout the day.

As summer approaches bass tend to leave the shallow spawning areas and move to deeper waters which offer additional feeding opportunities and protection.  To find these summer bass cottages you need to locate the three things bass need for survival: food, oxygen and shelter. Like the bass itself each of these conditions are also impacted by sunlight & temperature, meaning the bass and what they seek will move slightly throughout the day.

Morning – search the shallows, especially those near ledges or drop offs. Bass will not only seek the early sunlight to warm themselves but also to feed on bait fish doing the same.

Mid-day– bass will start to move to medium depth areas. If there are ledges or large rocks they are the best place to start as they offer the best combination of the three necessary needs. On man-made lakes, which tend to lack structure, bass will often be slightly deeper or near vegetation.

Evening– as the sun drops the bass start returning to the shallows.


If you have difficulty determining the correct depth to search for bass look for the bluegill. In the morning and evening the bass will likely be at the same level or at least near by. During mid-day the bass will be slightly deeper than bluegills.

Good luck, good fishing!

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