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Top summer, bass fishing lures

By Rick Seaman

Late spring and early summer are prime times for bass fishing as the water temperatures begin to rise, and bass become more active in their feeding patterns. These seasons offer anglers an excellent opportunity to catch big bass as they move from their wintering areas to their spawning beds.

Here are some tips to help you maximize your chances of catching bass during spring and early summer:

Target Shallow Waters

As the water temperatures rise, bass move towards the shallows to feed and prepare for spawning. Look for shallow areas that have cover, such as vegetation, logs, or rocks, as bass use these areas for cover and ambush points. As summer warms the water bass will move to deeper, cooler water - especially during the heat of the day.

Use Faster Lures

As the water warms up, bass become more active and will start chasing after faster-moving lures. Consider using baits such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, or swimbaits that can be retrieved at a faster pace.

Focus on Structure

Bass love to hide around structure, and spring and early summer offer plenty of opportunities to find them. Look for areas with fallen trees, rock piles, or weed beds, as these areas offer cover and a source of food for bass.

Experiment with Different Lures

Spring and early summer can be unpredictable when it comes to lure selection. Consider experimenting with different colors, sizes, and styles of lures until you find what works best for you.

Adjust Your Fishing Techniques

As the water temperatures rise, bass may start to become more aggressive and will strike more frequently. Consider using a more aggressive fishing technique such as a faster retrieve, twitching your lure, or jigging to trigger a strike.

Fish During Low Light Conditions

As the sun starts to rise higher in the sky, bass may become more elusive. Consider fishing during low light conditions such as early morning or late evening, as these times offer some of the best chances to catch big bass.

Late spring and early summer offer some of the best opportunities to catch big bass. By targeting shallow waters, using faster lures, focusing on structure, experimenting with different lures, adjusting your fishing techniques, and fishing during low light conditions, you can maximize your chances of catching a trophy-sized bass. Remember to always follow local fishing regulations and practice catch and release to help preserve the bass population for future generations.

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