Best Time to Fish for Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass is one of the most popular game fish sought out today because they are such an exciting fish to catch. These fish have a very aggressive nature and they’ll struggle hard against your line. This makes catching bass exciting and it draws in the anglers looking for a real challenge.
Anyone can go fishing for this species regardless of skill level but keep in mind, this particular bass is the largest one found in the black bass family. The average size is about ten pounds but they can grow bigger than this weighing in around twenty pounds in the right conditions. If you hook one of these, it may be hard for a beginner to get it to shore because of the struggle it will put up.
This type of bass has some rather amazing features that make it stand out from the rest. One of its most unique features is the upper jaw that extends past the rear part of the eyes. Its mouth will open so wide that it can eat food that is about half of its own size. On top of that, its stomach will stretch far enough to hold what it eats until it disgusts it. That’s pretty amazing!
They have an olive green color with unusual dark colored blotches that mark up the middle of the flanks in a jagged horizontal stripe. The posterior part of the dorsal fin has between twelve and thirteen soft rays and the anterior part has nine spines. The two fin sections are joined by a small narrow membrane and you’ll only find about ten rows of scales on the body.
Best Time to Go Fishing for the Largemouth Bass
The spawning season usually begins around the end of February and normally ends around the middle of June but the exact time will depend where you’re located. Spawning season is based more on water temperature than the time of year and the preferred temperature seems to be around sixty degrees. The spawning season is always the prime time to fish for largemouth bass because they are more aggressive during this time than at any other. They will also be more plentiful and easier to find so this adds to the excitement.
Even though this is the best time to fish for the largemouth bass, it’s not the only time you can catch them. Certain times of the day they will be more active than at other times but it depends on the season. When the weather is cool during the spring and fall you can usually catch them anytime. They will be active most all day long. However, when the days are hot, the best time to fish is early mornings.
During the summer, they’re the most aggressive in the early morning and late evenings. They will be hard to find during the day. In the late fall when the cold fronts begin to move in, they become inactive and are much harder to catch.
Basic Information for Catching Largemouth Bass
The largemouth bass prefer warm waters and can grow and thrive in water as warm as eighty degrees but they are also found in water much colder. They can even survive in water that reaches into the nineties. Most fish can’t live in temperatures that hot. They also seem to prefer clear water that has a slow moving current. Knowing this type of information will help make you a better angler.
When this species is young, they hang out in schools but as they mature they have a tendency of venturing out alone. This makes them harder to find and more of a challenge. However, if you find a good location for baitfish, you can usually find several of them gathered around because they do tend to follow the food source. Look for them in brush, logs, submerged trees and other areas where they can get in and hide waiting for a good meal.
Did you know that the adult largemouth bass will often eat other animals, not just other fish species such as, baby ducks, frogs and mice? They have even been known to hunt down and eat snakes! When fishing for this species most anglers use minnows, crayfish, shad and frogs. Some of the best artificial lures to use for the largemouth bass include soft plastics, spinner bait, plugs, diving crankbaits and jigs.
When fishing for largemouth bass, presentation is very important. They are a smart fish that won’t strike at anything odd or moving in the wrong direction. Practice your presentation and learn how to use the lures effectively for the best results.
This bass is a difficult fish to catch but the excitement you’ll feel when you get one on then end of your fishing line is more than worth the effort. Now that you know more about this species such as, what they eat, where they can be found and when to go fishing for the best results, you’re ready to try your hand at reeling in a 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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