Bass is the most popular gamefish in the United States. While these fish are found in almost every body of water in the country, it can be difficult at times to locate them. Whether you are heading out to your local lake or trying out a new body of water, here are some tips that you can use for locating bass more quickly.
The simplest way to find bass is to fish structure. Whether this means boat docks, submerged logs or underwater points, anything that disturbs the water may hold bass. Some of the best things to look for are underwater structure in the middle of a lake or stream. These areas are often overlooked by other anglers and can hold large numbers of bass who have not seen a dozen lures a day.
Anyplace where water enters a larger body of water is also a great spot. From small tributaries to underwater springs, all of these areas should be fished. Any change in the water can attract bass for various reasons. Areas where muddy and clear water meet, areas where bottom structure changes from dirt to rock, simply anything that is different can attract bass.
Chase the Wind
Wind will push many bass food sources to one side of a lake, pond and slow-moving river. Fish the downwind side of water with small lures to replicate the natural food sources in this area. As with any other time, focus your efforts near structure. Lures that imitate frogs are also good near the shoreline. Though frogs are not greatly affected by the wind, the bass will be nearby and may be tempted to strike by a frog lure.
Though an entire book could be filled on finding bass by season, here is a quick guide to locating bass by the season. In winter, bass are often found in deeper water near submerged structure. However, bass will move into warmer water in the shallows whenever possible. In spring, bass move into shallow areas to spawn. Look for bass in the shallows or in deeper water adjacent to shallow water. In summer, bass will be found deep in hot weather and in shallower areas in the morning and evening. Fall can be a great time to fish as bass often seem to hit everything. Look for bass in the shallows and moving deeper as the temperatures fall.
While this is far from a comprehensive list for locating bass, the information can provide an angler with a starting point. Two other quick tips are to ask the locals and use fast moving lures like spinners and crankbaits to cover water quickly.
Depending on the season and weather, make sure you have the proper gear for bass fishing.