Summer Bass Fishing Techniques and Tips | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com
and today I’m gonna talk to you about summerfishing. Yeah, that great time when we catch a lot
of fish, the weather’s nice and calm, it hasbeen stable now, we got past all those, you
know, those fronts coming through in the spring,not so much rain. It’s a great time to be out on the water. However, a lot of people noticed that the
fishing seems to be a lot more difficult. Well let’s talk a little bit about that, let’s
figure out what’s going on. So what happens in the spring is a lot of
the fish they migrate up into shallow watersto spawn. So the majority of the population is up shallow. So you catch a lot of fish when you casting
shallow. In the summer time, a lot of them will move
back out either mid-depths or to deeper water. So a lot of people think well the fish have
abandoned the shallows, they’re gone, yougot to go fish deep. You’re going to find articles that say that,
okay. That’s. . . that’s not true. It’s just that the majority of the fish aren’t
all up shallow now. Now they’re scattered. This is what happens in the summertime. You’re gonna find a good population of fish
that are shallow, but you’ll also find justas many that will be mid-depth and in deep. So the key is, is trying to find them first
of all and number two is see which ones areactive that day. It’s gonna change. So let’s start off with, with the shallow
fish. What I like to do is, is I like to find lakes
that have a lot of vegetation in them. If there’s a lot of hydrilla, a lot of milfoil,
coontail, lily pads, any kind of like thisgot a lot of vegetation like that. Those weeds create a lot of oxygen, a lot
of shade, lot of shelter and lot of cover. Bait fish naturally go in there, and insects
also feed and live in there. That’s naturally gonna attract the bass. So those are areas to hit if your lake has
a lot of weeds and stuff, focus on those areasduring the summertime, you’d be really surprised
how many fish are in there. It just depends on the kind of weeds you have,
whether you can hit it with, you know, youget a go punching with jigs and punch through
that matted vegetation or if it’s just underthe surface, you might be able to bring a
spinnerbait over the top of them or shallowdiving crankbait, something like that. But that’s the areas I would target if that’s
the majority of the cover available on thelake. Now if your lake doesn’t have a lot of vegetation,
older reservoirs sometimes don’t have that. Now you got to focus more on structure. And what I mean by structure, that’s any kind
of contour change on the bottom. You’re looking for humps, ridges, ledges,
drop-offs, creek channels, long tapering points,things like that is what you want to look
for, for structure. Now one of the key things I like to look for
when I’m looking for structure, I’m lookingon a map or graph, or I’m just driving around
the lake and looking. So I like to find structure that’s near flats. It’s got to have a flat nearby someplace,
where they can go over and feed and then comeback to that structure and feel comfortable
in. So a hump or a point or a ridge, channel,
a creek channel that comes in the bend thatgets near a flat, that’s an ideal place to
look. Even if you’re not marking fish on that. . . on
those pieces or structure, definitely fishand you might catch fish there. But don’t just go to any structure and start
fishing, “Hey, it’s summertime, I got to fishdeep. So I’m gonna go 30 feet deep and start fishing. “Chances are you aren’t gonna be successful
that day. What I like to do is when I first launch the
boat, I flip on the graph, and I take a lookto see if I can find any bait fish or any
fish activity. Typical bait fish, you find a ball of fish
somewhere, you know, bait fish at a certaindepth. You don’t always get that characteristic,
you know, look on your depth finders. So typically what I do is I just try to find
what’s the average depth where I see most,the most activity?Let’s just say, 15 feet, just for an example,
the 15-foot mark. Then I’ll go try to find structure that intersects
with that depth. Be it a hump or some kind of a point, something
like that, that’s the area where I’ll targetfirst. I’ll go out and fish that area, and I’ll fish
a little bit below and a bit above it to seeif I can’t catch fish there because bass. . . bass
are gonna key on the bait fish. They wanna, their ambush, they’re gonna use
that, that structure to ambush those baitfish, so that’s the that’s the depth you wanna
look at. You’d be a lot more successful if you just
do a little bit of hunting with your graphand find that sweet spot and then start fishing
those. . . those areas and fish anything thatwould get down to that depth. So if your fishing 30 feet deep, it’s hard
to get down there with the spinnerbait, soyou’re fishing jigs, you’re fishing football
head jigs, you’re fishing Carolina rigs, splitshot, drop shot, anything that gets that bait
down there and work that area. And you have to fish it according to how the
fish bite. I’d like to go fast to slow, try to fish the
fast moving bait if you’re getting bites,great, but if you’re not, then start slowing
down till you get a bite and again fish inthat depth zone, you’ll figure it out. But even if you find those humps and ridges
and points and whatnot on your map, there’sgonna be a sweet spot on it, and you’re just
gonna have to fish it to find that sweet spot. You’re not gonna have guaranteed success that
you’ve found a hump and start fishing andstart catching fish. Fish those depths and find it when you catch
a fish you want to note what depth they wereat and where they were on that that piece
of structure. There might be something there like a rock,
like a log, maybe a patch of grass, somethingthat’s holding them and that’s the sweet spot,
that’s the spot on the spot, and sometimesyou can load up, fish might be stacked up
on that one spot. So pay close attention to where you were,
what position with your boat, where you madea cast and lock onto that to see if there’s
more fish sitting on that spot, you may finda honey hole there. Now sometimes when I’m fishing a brand new
lake, and I don’t know anything about it,I don’t know if it’s got weeds in it or if
it doesn’t or what’s going on, I have no ideawhat the pattern is, I even don’t know how
deep the lake is, is just go fish a point. Fish a long tapering point that goes down
into deep water. Typically, I just launch the boat and the
first point I come to, I start fishing it. What I’ll do is I’ll start off deep and work
my way in shallow. I don’t want to bring that boat right up on
top of the fish. To fish that shallow water first, I might
spook away all the fish that are positionedon that point. So I start off deep, I’m throwing like a football
head jig, I’m throwing deep diving crankbaits,Carolina rig or split shot rig. I’ll start off as deep as I need to depending
on depth that. . . how deep that lake is andthen start gradually working my way on up. I’ll work one side of the point and then the
other and then across it until I get. . . startgetting shallow where I can start hitting
it with different types of baits like spinnerbait,shallow or driving, diving crank baits or
even top water baits. It’s a great way to approach summer if you
don’t have a graph and not sure what’s goingon, I’ve been really successful doing that
at a lot of different lakes. It’s just a great way to start. Now I want to talk a little bit about oxygen
levels. Because that comes up a lot when you’re talking
about summertime fishing and how that affectspositioning the bass. While it’s true, as the water temperature
rises above 80 degrees and starts gettingwarmer than that, it starts to lose its ability
to hold oxygen. Don’t key on that one factor as being okay,
water temperature is 87 degrees that mustmean all the fish are deep. That might not be the case. A couple of things to keep in mind. If there’s lots of wind, you get the water
churning up, and that’s gonna oxygenate thewater, it’s gonna hold up more oxygen that
way, even though the water temps up. And like I mentioned before, if you’ve got
a lot of weeds and grass and vegetation, theyproduce oxygen. They also produce shade, and that means that
the water underneath those mats of vegetationis a lot cooler, so will hold more oxygen. So you want to fish, even if it’s 80, 90-degree
water temperature, pay attention to thosefactors because there could be a boatload
of fish up in the shallows in those weeds,and you’re out fishing 30 feet deep, and you’re
wondering why you’re not catching fish, oryou had a real windy day or it’s windy right
now and that’s churning up the waves and gettinga lot of oxygen in there and those, that might
move all the fish up, the bait fish that knockson the zooplankton down, the bay fish move
up, the wind is oxygen in the water, the fishwill be right in there and you can have really
high water temperature. So don’t key on just the water temperature
and think all the oxygen level is low, I betternot fish shallow, you might miss a good bite. The other thing to keep in mind is what something
that’s called the thermocline. That sets up on a lot of lakes, not all of
them. So don’t think that because you can’t find
it on your depth finder, it means something’swrong. There are a lot of lakes where thermocline
doesn’t set up. But what that is, is as the summer progresses,
the upper water level, it becomes more dense. When that happens, it’s tougher and tougher
for the oxygen to reach the lower depths ofthe water, of the lower water column. So at some level, you’ll get pretty much even
water temp, and then they’ll be a short rangewhere there’ll be a quick water temp drop,
and then it’ll be a lot colder underneathit. This is the layer. . . this middle layer that’s
basically a barrier if you will between theoxygen. . . water with oxygen in it and the water
below it that doesn’t have any. If. . . you can see that on the graph, you’ll
notice you’ll see a really kind of a thickline that’s a few feet deep. It’s not black, but it’s like a dark gray
line, somewhere it’s just right in the middleof the depth finder. There’ nothing wrong with the depth finder,
that’s the thermocline. It’s real important to note that because the
water below that doesn’t have a lot of oxygen,not enough to sustain life, not that the fish
won’t go there, they will for brief stints. They will go down in there, but they can’t
stay there for very long. So that means the majority of all the fish,
if not all of them, are above that level. It’s important to note that because again
if you read the books and say “Oh, I got afish deep in the summertime, I’m gonna go
fish 30-40 feet deep, if that’s thermoclinesare 15-foot deep, you’re never gonna get a
bite. The baitfish aren’t there. No bait fish, no bass, no bites, okay. So you need to pay attention to that thermocline,
and this can. . . it can get higher and higherup, and it could be only 7 feet deep, 6 feet
deep in some lakes. This is why sometimes in the summertime, you
can catch a bunch of fish really shallow duringthe heat of the day, the water temps are way
up there. Why are the fish that shallow?Well, it’s because that thermocline is really
up there and there’s no place else for themto go, even though it’s not ideal, it doesn’t
have the ideal oxygen amount but below itis not at all, right?You can’t get below that thermocline, they’re
not gonna live very long. So they will move up shallow if they have
to. So you’ve got to pay attention to multiple
factors and trying to figure out what positionsthe fish. The weed cover that’s availability. . . available,
the structure, the time of day, oxygen leveland also the sun, that positions the fish
a lot too. Look for the shady areas. If you fish say docks and you’re fishing in
the morning, you’re catching fish on one sideof the docks, pay close attention, lot of
times that’s the shady area of the dock, whileas the day progresses, that shade is gonna
shift as that sun moves through the sky, that’sgonna reposition those fish or they might
be on bushes or trees or what have you. Pay attention to where that shade is as it
moves throughout the day and you can stayon top of those fish. So those are some of the tips for summer fishing. I hope those help. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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