Fishing with the Rising Sun

If I’m out on the lake when the sun rises – where is the best place to locate the big Bass?

 First you have to ask yourself- what season am I fishing in? Early season fishing is poor at sunrise, because there is little heat reflecting onto the water. Fish will tend to be sluggish (being cold-blooded by nature) and won’t actively pursue bait and lures. They’ll cluster near structures that come close to the surface as they seek the most warmth.

Spring-time fishing, from about 6:00 AM to 9 AM, will tend to have poor fishing no matter where on the lake you fish. If you really want to fish during the early season, your best bet is to wait until a cold front approaches. The heat the front pushes in front of it will help raise the temperature of the lake and push the larger bass towards the surface as they seek out the new warmth. Watch yourself, though, because once the cold front hits the fish will stop biting as they run deep for cover under structure to conserve heat.

 Once summer rolls around, fish move to deeper water where it is cooler (again, the struggle to maintain a stable body temperature.) The best times to fish are one hour before sunrise to about 8 AM. Larger fish move deep, especially around structure (where’s much cooler due to the extra cover) because it’s too hot for them in the shallows. That is when deep running crank baits work best for largemouth bass. Because fish are cold-blooded they move to deep, warm areas in the fall and will not bite as aggressively when the temperature cools down. Many largemouth bass are caught during those warm winter days that all Southern anglers appreciate.


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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