If you want to become a serious bass angler, you need to understand how changing seasons effect the behavoir of bass.  Winter, spring, summer and fall each hold their own general patterns and being able to quickly identify which seasonal stage the fish are in will make catching them a whole lot easier.  Learn how bass transition from one season to the next and how to follow their movement. 

Prespawn Cold Front Bass [VIDEO]

In the early spring on natural lakes and ponds, cold fronts can push largemouth bass into very predictable places.  In this video we share tips for catching post frontal bass under blue bird skies with a Keitech Model 1 Jig.  When water temps are still in the 40-50 degrees range, and you have clumps of grass and matted vegitation can be the ticket in shallower coves, pockets and ponds.

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5 Topwater Baits for Summer

We’ve broken down some of the best Topwater lures into 5 groups that will help you choose the right lure for the right situation.  In golf, it’s important to choose the right club for the shot and the same holds true for bass fishing.  You need to choose the right lure for the situation.

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Top 20 Bass Fishing Tips by Season

We picked 5 of our favorite bass fishing tips for each season and put them into a guide that's easy to follow.  No matter what time of year it is, you need to be in sync with what bass are doing.  Choosing the right lure, technique or presenation can make or break your day out on the water.  Whether it's knowing how to use your electronics to catch bass suspended in the water column or applying some simple old school tips and tricks, there's something in our guide that can help everyone find the big ones.

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Post-Spawn Fishing Tips

Post Spawn Bass
It’s pretty safe to say that the post-spawn is one of the hardest times of year to catch bass, in fact, many anglers feel it can be brutal.  
 
Post-spawn begins right after the spawning stage, when the bass leave their spawning beds.  Depending upon where you live the post-spawn stage can vary from February in the south to as late as July way up north. 

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Springtime Bassin' Is Coming

As daytime temperatures begin reaching the 70's and 80's, the surface water temps also begin to rise. As any "bass minded angler" can tell you, it won't be long until those green creatures of the deep begin their annual migration to the shallows to spawn (lay eggs). It is during this time that most of us dust off our gear and head to our favorite lake. When bass are shallow, they are the easiest to catch.

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Summer Schooling

White Bass

While most youngsters are enjoying school being out for the summer, there is another type of school going on, summer school. I don’t mean your traditional classroom education type of summer school, I am talking about summertime schools of sand bass fish and hybrids. The action is fast and fun. Richland-Chambers reservoir is loaded with sand bass and an abundant supply of food for them to eat, shad.

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Finding Bass When the Ice Melts

Ice Out Bass Fishing

Ice out is something that is highly anticipated by the northern anglers.   Many lakes, reservoirs and ponds can freeze solid for several months, keeping you away from catching bass, unless you’re an ice fishermen.  As the end of winter approaches, all we keep saying is “when will the ice finally start to melt?” When the winter continues to linger on the excitement for the ice out builds.   For those of you who didn’t spend your free time during the winter organizing your tackle boxes, cleaning your reels and all

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Spring Has Sprung

Spring Bass Fishing

Not soon enough, the ice will be melting, the water will start to warm up from a uniform 39 degrees, and it will start to stratify. If you are like me you can't wait to get out and start catching the first bass of the year. I hope this article helps you get started with Spring or post-Winter and pre-spawn bass fishing with success. As always, we will start with location and then move on to equipment and techniques.

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Finally Some Ice Fishing!

Been trying to get out all winter for a little #icefishing.  Finally got a chance to get out with my longtime friend Eric Fieldstadt (Great fishermen and photographer). 

If you’ve never been ice fishing, you might be wondering why anyone in their right mind would want to walk out onto a frozen lake or pond and start drilling holes.  The answer is simple… Addiction to Fishing! 

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Springtime Bass Fishing

Northern Lake in Spring

Spring is upon us and my fingers are itching to get bass fishing! Generally bass will begin their annual movement towards the shoreline in preparation for feeding and bedding within the first few weeks following ice out (for those who live in areas where your lakes and ponds freeze over the winter). Males will bite more readily close to the shoreline, however the larger females will hold back, usually at the first or second drop-off. This annual ritual is probably the best time to catch that lunker fish you have dreamed about.

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Fall Back Lunker Bass

Bass fishing in the fall provides some of the best fishing of the year for both numbers and size.  If you ask any seasoned angler when the best time to connect with a true giant, many will tell you either during the pre-spawn phase, or in the late fall (depending on where they are located).  I say late fall because that’s when bass will have gorged themselves in preparation for the upcoming winter, but there’s also another reason which I will explain later in this article.

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Cold Weather Angling

The months of November and December for most folks in the Upper Midwest “football season & deer or duck hunting” means not many people are thinking about bass fishing this time of year. Wintertime bass fishing is actually one of the easiest times of the year to fish because the fish are very predictable as far where they will be; the key is how to get them to bite.  

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Know the Flow

Everyone thinks “a bass is a bass no matter where you go“; Lake Fisherman will say that bass relate to the same cover and that bass move the same way on any body of water.  Well, myself, and a lot of river rats know that’s not true!! Rivers add a different mix of situations to deal with, current and water fluctuations are two of the major issues to contend with on river systems.  In the spring it’s the most crucial piece.

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It's Fall and I'm Happy

Fall Bass Fishing

That first cast a smooth underhand pitch with a Pumpkin “Big Jig” and a brown grub trailer. The bait slides into the water with hardly a splash, slides down the old log, and “TIC” the line jumps and bait swims to the side you set hard and a fat 5lb bass fish breaks water “what a feeling”.

You knew he’d be there, that nice piece of wood on the point next to the creek channel. You continue up the creek channel crankin’ a shallow Speed Trap not twenty yard and another bass, then another and about five fish later you’re at the back of the cove.

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Spring Fever

Spring bass

As the days begin getting warmer, spring fever kicks and its time to go bass fishing. With the warmer days and nights, come warmer water temperatures. That equates to the fish moving into shallower water on our local lakes, creeks, rivers and ponds. This is a time when most fish become active again and are easier to catch.

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Winter Bass Fishing Fix

Ok, the forecast calls for lows in the 20's and highs in the 30's. Winds will be 15-25 mph. Unless you are really on a great pattern and catching lots of bass fish or you have a tournament to fish, chances are you'd rather stay in the warm confines of your home than be out on the water. I know I would. So what's a guy or gal to do? You can only wipe the boat down so many times.

All of your favorite reels have been respooled with new line. You have gone through all of your tackle, sharpened hooks, sorted and re-sorted all of your plastic worms, checked and re-checked the trolling motor, big engine, tilt, trim, trailer bearing, wheels.....you get the idea. You've covered every square inch of the bass boat and everything seems to be in good working order. You have the most excruciating case of cabin fever anyone has ever experienced. In fact, you may end up going completely insane if you don't get "a fishing fix", and soon.

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Autumn Bass Fishing At Last

Fall Bass Fishing

Finally, a break from a long, hot and dry summer has arrived. We humans are certainly glad to see the temperatures fall and receive a little bit of much needed rainfall. Hopefully the wildlife in our area will benefit from it, also. This has been an unusual summer to say the least. We went over 70 days without rainfall, had one of the hottest summers on record, and for one reason or another, the bass fishing at Richland-Chambers reservoir was horrible. In fact, it has been the worst I've ever seen. Perhaps the cooler temperatures will spark a change in the fishing. Let's hope so.

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Bass Fishing in the Winter

Winter Bass Fishing

Fishing for bass during the late fall and winter months can be a daunting task.  During the regular season there is identifiable structure to fish. Vegetation in bloom and shaded areas offered by the sun will produce fish during the heat of the day. Winter, however, does not give you any of those visible signs. So what do you do? Well, once again, you must turn to your understanding of bass and its lifestyle during these "lean months". When I use the word “lean,” I am referring to the food chain, which can be drastically reduced by the elements.

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Line Watching On The Ice

Line watching has been a great way of detecting strikes in many types of fishing.  It can be tricky at times, and especially when ice fishing with different light conditions.

Straight-line fishing has a couple of detection times.  The early one is when the line is seen to do something different, such as stop as it is going down, moving to the side, or a slight twitch downward and/or upward. 

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Ice Out Bass Fishing

Ice Out Fishing

Tips for early spring largemouth bass fishing 1 to 4 weeks after a lake thaws out after the winter freeze.  Look for shallow coves or bays that are protected from the wind, with dark bottoms, located in the north, west, or northwest corners of the lake. These Coves and Bays will be the first to warm up, because they receive the most sunlight at this time of year. In these areas insect activity will begin earlier, which will attract baitfish, which in turn, will attract bass.

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We’ve broken down some of the best Topwater lures into 5 groups that will help you choose the right lure for the right situation.  In golf, it’s...
In the early spring on natural lakes and ponds, cold fronts can push largemouth bass into very predictable places.  In this video we share tips for...
Locating Smallmouth Bass around structure is a key for summertime fishing, but don't overlook those fish that are lurking in open water around major...
Bass fishing during the post-spawn is a great time to "walk the dog" using topwater baits such as an XPS Slim Dog, Zara Spook, Lucky Craft Sammy,...
Bank fishing or as some call it shore fishing, is where most of us started out fishing as kids. Today more fishing tips and techniques are targeting anglers...
Here’s our complete guide to mastering the 6 most important techniques for targeting bass you’ll ever learn. We break down each technique with...