Table of Contents
- Introducing The Bass
- 10 Best Summer Fishing Tips For Beginners
- Tip 1. Fishing for bass in the reservoir
- Tip 2. Fishing for bass in the lakes
- Tip 3. Where NOT to fish
- Tip 4. Perfect time to catch bass
- Tip 5. Perfect bait to fish bass
- Tip 6. Provide fake camouflage
- Tip 7. Best rod to fish bass
- Tip 8. Best hooks to fish bass
- Tip 9. Perfect knots for bass fishing
- Tip 10. Perfecting the skill of casting
- Notes On Handling Fish That You Have Caught
- Final Thoughts
Hi, I’m James. I have a meat and fish produce distribution business and am an avid hunter and fisherman. Growing up in Oregon, summer is all about running around naked so we can readily just jump into the lake when it gets too hot.
Here I want to share the most useful bass fishing tips in summer for beginners. Let’s go!
Introducing The Bass
Since this is an article for beginners, let me start by introducing to you today’s superstar – bass. There is the small-mouth bass and the largemouth bass.
There is, of course, the pronounced difference as to the sizes of their mouths. Largemouth, too, grow bigger, more than 5 lbs., and it likes to stay in still waters like ponds, while the small-mouth lives vicariously in moving waters or water with a current.
Where to find Bass
Bass are most plentiful in fishing reserves, lakes, rivers and streams in Texas, especially in its famous Falcon Lake. Everyone who enjoys bass fishing just has to have this lake in its bucket list.
When to catch Bass
During summer, when everything is warm, the water conditions increase the metabolism of the bass. It gets hungry more often and thus feeds more often.
Eating habits of Bass
A month or so before summer is the season of reproduction for the bass. They date, get married, have babies and become homebodies.
Like humans, their physical bodies adjust to this spawning schedule, and they become tired, mostly hungry, thin and weak.
Their recovery period coincides with the spawning season of shad, which is the favorite meal of bass, so they feed on them like crazy, and come summertime, these basses would be back to its pure form of being big and healthy.
By summer then, anglers look for the pedia ward of these shads, where there would be plentiful of Bass to catch. This pedia ward would most likely be around rocks, wood or even docks.
10 Best Summer Fishing Tips For Beginners
Tip 1. Fishing for bass in the reservoir
- These are human-made lakes to sustain bass. They like to stay along shallow ends, near ledges or drop-offs, where they find food among baitfish or crawfish.
- If they are full, they go back to the deeper ends where it is cooler and with better oxygen levels.
- When fishing in the early morning or dusk, the bass is easier to find in the shallow areas.
- If the weather is slightly cloudy, thus with better water temperature, they will stay in the shallow area the whole day.
- When fishing mid-day to early afternoon, with the sun shining so brightly overhead, the bass is most likely enjoying a siesta in the deeper ends.
Tip 2. Fishing for bass in the lakes
Bass enjoys lakes because it is usually shallow enough and yet it offers all sorts of food sources. This vegetation not only provides food and oxygen but also provides cover when the bass is stalking prey.
I also love fishing on the lake with my favorite kayak. At that time, I could enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake while finding idea spots for bass.
- To fish for bass, I look around the lake and find dense vegetation, particularly in the spot where a bass might use as a travel route when spying or following a prey.
- When fishing in the early morning or at dusk, I use surface baits along the edges of this vegetation.
- When fishing mid-day or with a bright sun, I choose baits that can fall through and is visible through thick vegetation. Remember, during said time, the bass would most likely be resting at the bottom of this vegetation.
Tip 3. Where NOT to fish
Weeks before summer and at the early start of the season, this is reproduction time for the bass.
Their mortal enemies, the carp and catfish love to eat the eggs of bass. Naturally, bass will protect itself and not stay in lakes populated with its mortal enemies.
- To find out whether a lake is full of the bass enemies, I ask local fishers or fishing guides.
- Also, avoid lakes that are shallow and widely popular among the summer people who like to boat and swim. Bass are introverts and like clean water.
Tip 4. Perfect time to catch bass
- Just before a storm or heavy rain is the best time to fish for bass. The change in atmospheric pressure makes them more active and restless.
- Personally, I like to fish in the early morning, even before sunrise. One, it is not hot. Two, the silence is beautiful. Three, like humans, the bass would go out to feed so they would be in the shallow ends to look for easy prey.
- Other best times would be around dusk, around sunset, or even mid-day but the skies are gray, and the sun is not shining so brightly.
Tip 5. Perfect bait to fish bass
I have a few tips on this:
- I use plastic worms to lure the bass. They are intelligent creatures, so I use plastic worms that have scents in them, like the Berkley Powerworm. These really get the hungry bass excited. After some use and the plastic worm is all beaten-up, I found out I can still use them. Apparently, bass views them as ‘wounded prey’ and takes advantage of their weakness.
- Red is the bass’ favorite color. Again, it thinks that the bait is wounded and thus easy prey to bite.
- When fishing during summer, use silver baits. During summer, bass feed on shads, which are silver-colored. In the early months of the year, when crawfish is the seasonal menu for them, I use peach-colored baits.
- Know the local food, and I mean the food available to that particular lake or area. For instance, if the vegetation is a good breeding spot for frogs, then a bait mimicking a frog would also work best.
Tip 6. Provide fake camouflage
Bass likes to hide in vegetation or structures like wooden piers. They patiently hide while waiting for food.
During summer, especially when the sun is up high, and it’s too hot, I like to throw grass into the water as fake camouflage.
It draws the bass closer as they seek cover from the heat and cover for their hunting.
Tip 7. Best rod to fish bass
I personally prefer the swivel because I can easily change baits, and it is least likely to twist the line.
After many trial and error of rods, I have found my favorite in the Ultra-light 5-foot Quantum. It is of the right size and weight, enough that I can feel the fish.
For a newbie, I would recommend you start small, so you can get used to how it feels and how it actually works.
Tip 8. Best hooks to fish bass
I was surprised when I saw how many kinds of hooks we have. I will not overwhelm you with that now so let us focus on what hook to use for the bass.
First off, the hook should match the size of the bait we use and the size of the bass we hope to get. Circle hooks are my top choice if I intend to release the fish. If it is for dinner, I use the Aberdeen Hook, which is great for live bait.
Bass has strong, sturdy bones along their jaws, so before every fishing trip, I often sharpen my hooks to make sure it can penetrate through.
Tip 9. Perfect knots for bass fishing
If the knot is loose or dangerous, then the bass will go scot-free. There are so many knots to learn, but for a newbie, just learn one and perfect it. In particular, do the Palomar knot, the strongest knot, in my opinion.
Tip 10. Perfecting the skill of casting
So, we have the perfect rod, bait and fishing spot. Now, let us use it to catch that big bad bass that will be perfect for dinner.
In casting, I want to cast it far. To do this, I use the wind to my advantage. I position with the wind to my back so it would blow on the line when I cast, taking it further out.
I then switch it around through the vegetation so it would have some movement and create some noise and ripple to get the bass’ attention.
When I was starting, I would go to the water – not to fish – but just to practice casting. I experimented with different rods, baits, and styles of the cast. I watched how the bait would work once it hits the water.
Notes On Handling Fish That You Have Caught
Catching fish is very difficult. Therefore we need to learn how to clean and preserve this valuable protein source to get fresh-delicious meals for our family.
After getting the beautiful fillets, don’t forget to store them for future use by vacuum sealing them with a foodsaver sealer.
Summer is chill time so don’t be over-excited. We all want to catch the biggest bass there is, get a picture and put it in our office.
You will get there, so do not be disheartened if you start slow. At the start, you may get the smaller ones, and it is okay, think of it as a practice so when the big bad bass finally swims up to you, you would know how to fight back. And win!