Guide to Bass Fishing, Boats, and Fish Finders
For many, there are few things more fun, relaxing, and satisfying than fishing for largemouth bass. These fish are popular with anglers due to their relatively large size and their signature splash, which makes reeling one in a fun and exciting experience. Bass are located in freshwater lakes across the United States. In this short guide to bass fishing, we will look at a few tips you can follow when targeting bass on your next fishing trip.
Location & Diet
You can usually find largemouth bass hiding out in weed beds or near lily pads during warm summer days. They feed on worms, crayfish, small frogs, and occasionally on insects, minnows, leeches, and more. Crayfish, frogs, and worms make up a large part of their diet.
To locate largemouth bass, you should look for shallow bays with lily pads, frogs, weed beds, and cat tails. Bass tend to be most active feeding in the early morning and early evening.
Bait & Lures
There is no “best” bait to use when fishing for bass, but since the bass diet consists of worms and crawfish, lures that simulate the behavior of these kinds of bait usually catch a lot of bass.
Plastic worms are an ideal lure to use for bass fishing, especially for the beginner. Use them to fish the top or bottom, rig them anyway you’d like, and catch a lot of bass.
Another lure that is popular with bass fisherman is the crankbait lure. Crankbaits have a similar appearance to crawfish and are easy and fast to fish with allowing for quick water coverage.
Spinnerbait, Jig and Pig, Topwater Plugs, Bucktail Jig, Junning Spoons, and Tail Spinners are also fine lure choices and will catch a lot of bass if used correctly.
Boats & Fish Finders
While all you need to catch bass is a rod and a reel, getting out on the lake on a boat will give you the best chance at success. There are boats specifically made for bass fisherman. These bass boats are small boats that feature flat decks, swivel chairs, live wells for fish, and allow for safe and easy access to shallow waters and areas where bass frequent.
Canoes and fishing kayaks are also popular choices for many bass fisherman.
If you have access to a boat, you might also want to consider a fish finder to assist you in locating the fish. Not only can fish finders help you locate fish, but many also include sonar capabilities that will warn you when the boat is about to bottom out.