Lake Fishing Techniques for Bass
Bass fishing is an exhilarating and sometimes frustrating experience, but the work it takes to put into catching these fish is well worth it. Bass are a very active fish who can be aggressive feeders. Once you see the first strike on a top water lure, you will be hooked. These are some of the common fishing tips for bass that I use regularly. Try some of these lake fishing techniques for bass and use these lake fishing tips for landing some nice bass.
- 6’-7’ medium action rod
- Medium spinning reel
- 6-8 lb test line
The color of your lure or worm should depend on the water conditions. If the water is murky, stick with a brighter color such as chartreuse or hot pink. When water conditions are clear, use more of a natural color. White works well in most conditions regardless of water conditions. When lake fishing for bass, it is important to know the water conditions or have lure colors prepared for most situations.
Jointed Rapala Bass Fishing Techniques
Since the jointed rapala is a medium diver, you are going to want to find an area with a weed pocket close to the bottom of the lake and mainly weed free for the top one to two feet. Cast out the rapala and retrieve it at a slow to moderate pace, jerking the bait every few turns of the reel to give the lure the action of an injured minnow. Be sure to continue the action all the way up to the boat since bass often like to follow their prey before striking.
- Jointed Rapala Bass Fishing Tip: To adjust how deep a jointed rapala will go, adjust the speed you retrieve it. The slower you reel the higher it will float; the quicker you reel the lower it will go. This is helpful for dodging weeds.
Buzz Bait Bass Fishing Techniques
A buzz bait is great for a day when it isn’t too windy and you have low lying weeds or lily pad pockets. The buzz bait is a strictly top water lure, but since it has no built-in buoyancy, you must keep tension in your line at all times. This means that as soon as your lure hits the water you must start retrieving it at a quick pace. The buzz baits distinctive “buzz” sound is what drawn the bass in, in a manner similar to an injured fish thrashing.
- Fishing Tips for Bass with Buzz Bait: There is no better site than a bass coming out of the water and striking a buzz bait, but sometimes they strike short. Do not stop reeling in the buzz bait to “help” the bass get it, live prey would not stop if it is being chased. Keep reeling and they will go after it again.
Rubber Worm Bass Fishing Techniques
The use of a rubber worm can be very versatile. To fish the bottom of the lake, which is great in summer when bass go deeper to cooler water, attach a slip sinker to your line right above your worm rig. When you cast out, let the worm sink to the bottom of the lake and slowly retrieve. It is good to let the worm sit in place from time to time and twitch your line, giving the work a jerking motion.
If you choose to use the worm to fish at a medium depth, you would still use a sinker on your line, but it needs to be a minimal one. Once you have casted, reel your worm in at a medium pace, jerking from time to time to give the worm more action.
- Worm Bass Fishing Tip:If you feel a bite when fishing with a rubber worm, don’t set the hook immediately. When bass strike at a worm, they will hold it in their mouths and run with it a bit before they swallow it. Be patient and give the bass time to fully take the worm.
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