5 Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips

One of the most popular of all of the bass is the largemouth bass. This is because they can be found in many lakes throughout the country and because they can grow to be much larger than many of the other species in the sunfish family. The biggest largemouth bass ever caught that was recorded was a whopping twenty two pounds while most records are between ten and fifteen pounds. Not only are the largemouth bass an exciting fish to catch, but for those who enjoy a good fish dinner, they are also one of the tastiest of all the bass species. With all these positives about angling for bass, it is not difficult to see just why they are the most popular of all the game fish.

The following are 5 largemouth bass fishing tips that can have you catching them like a pro:

1. Natural Habitat – There is no way to catch even a lightweight largemouth bass if you are not fishing the right areas of the lake. This fish is very particular about where it likes to hang out and live so you need to find those locations in order to be successful. Look around the shoreline of the lake. The bass choose areas that are heavy in vegetation like lily pads and tall water grasses. Sunken tree trunks and brush are also great locations. Anywhere on the lake where there is coverage is where you find the bass. For the more remote lakes, you need a boat to get to the sweet spots where the bass can be found.

2. Main Food Source – While it is common knowledge that largemouth bass eat just about anything, they have been known to even eat mice and snakes when hungry, their main source of food comes from crawdads which are also known as crayfish in some areas of the country. Baitfish is also a part of their diet, but contrary to what most anglers tell you, they prefer the crawfish over all other types of food. The main reason for this is that the crawfish live in the same region of the lake as the bass, in the grasses and areas with overhangs. There have been experiments conducted where minnows and crawfish were put in a tank with the fish and they ate four of the crawfish to every one minnow that was consumed. If you want to catch bass, use crawfish or a lure that resembles them.

3. Crankbaits – One of the most popular lures for bass fishing are the crankbaits. These come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. This can lead to a great deal of money being spent on them, but this is not always necessary. You only really need a few different sizes and types in order to be successful. It is the way that they are used that means the difference in catching some good size largemouth and finishing the day fishing with nothing to show for it. You need to use them in the murkier water and the weedy areas that the bass prefer. To use them, cast out and reel in in a jerky way so that the cranks can do their work and attract the bass. You also need to have a couple with rattles in them to attract the bass and you should never use them in clear water because the bass can see the hooks.

4. Oxygen – Many new anglers do not understand the correlation between water oxygen levels and the effects that it can have on the fish. The higher the water oxygen content, the more active the largemouth bass are while lowered oxygen levels can leave the fish confused and disoriented. In the spring and fall, the oxygen levels are typically perfect for the bass unless there are unseasonably warmer days. In the summer and winter when the oxygen levels are lower, the fish are not as active and can be found in deeper water where the levels are a bit higher.

5. Fishing Techniques – If you are using live bait, particularly the crawfish, then you need to know how to fish with them. One of the best setups is a simple one. Use a bobber and have a couple feet of line in the water with the bait attached. Cast into the brush, weeds or lily pads and allow your bait to work for you. The bobber shows you when the fish is working on your bait so you need to pay close attention to it as well as the feel on the tip of the pole.

These largemouth bass fishing tips are the same ones that the professional fishermen use to be successful during tournaments and while practicing their skills. If you want to be a successful angler, you should practice as much as possible and really get to know the fish. You cannot study enough and you can never have too much information on the largemouth bass.


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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