Can I catch bass in rivers?

Most of the Bass fishing I see is done on a lake. Will I have any luck fishing for Bass in the river?

Rivers are actually an excellent place to fish for Bass for several reasons.  First of all, rivers tend to be fished less often than lakes and the temperatures tend to be much more moderate.  They’ll be a little warmer than the lake in the winter and slighter cooler than the lake in the summer.  A river also tends to contain a higher and more evenly mixed oxygen content than most lakes.  When Bass fishing in the river, you’ll want to concentrate on the areas that will provide an opportunity for the Bass to get out of the flow of the current.  They’ll tend to congregate or lurk around stumps or logs as well as any floating cover.  If you see any indication of submerged cover, try fishing on the backside.  The Bass will tend to sit behind these types of structure while they’re waiting for their prey to pass by.  If the river is stained as most of them are, you might want to try using a topwater lure.  This is a technique that is not used often but I’ve had a lot of luck with it.   Simply cast upstream and twitch the bait every once in awhile as it makes it’s way back to you.  You’ll be surprised at how effective this can be.


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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