Bass Fishing Basics (& Best Lure Types)!
10.22.2020 | eightclaws | Fishing Tips


Just like any target species, understanding the factors that influence bass behavior is essential to mastering how to catch bass. One of the biggest impacts on the fish is the water temperature. Bass prefer warmer water, and the rise in temperature stimulates their appetite as well. But that doesn’t mean they like it hot. So if you’re fishing for bass in the summer months, they may actually be hunting for cooler water.


It’s also valuable to learn how the weather can affect bass. Bass tend to shy away from the high sun and will seek shelter like a structure instead. In low light conditions, bass will be much more active and away from their hiding spots, making cloudy days or early morning or evening the best time to fish for bass.


One of the best ways to find bass is to leverage today’s available technology. Websites and fishfinders can help you pinpoint areas in a body of water that hold bass. Even fishing maps can hold the keys to their location by marking places like ledges where they like to congregate.


One reason why bass are such a popular for beginners learning how to fish has to do with their appetites. Simply put, bass are not picky eaters. They will go after almost anything they can, although they do have some preferences: crayfish and bluegill are universally hunted by bass.


When it comes to lures, the most common and arguably effective type is a jig. There are various options when it comes to jigs depending on the environment in which you’re fishing. For instance, a punch jig can be used in thick vegetation because it’s heavier. Another good option for areas with weeks or grassy cover are casting jigs, since their sleek design is intended to penetrate.


For an action-packed day, you may want to try a topwater lure. A walking bait is one of the more popular types because of its versatility. While not novel, poppers are also a good choice, especially if you’re trying to lure a bass out from under cover. Another favorite lure among bass anglers is the buzzbait.


Even though they’re not the most exciting, if you want to try your hand at plastics, go for a worm! Any bass, anywhere, will strike a finesse worm. You may want to try a rubber worm as well. Plastic crawlers are also a good way to mimic the bass’ popular forage species.


Spinnerbaits are also very effective and can cover a large amount of water in a short period of time. Similar to crankbaits, they are suitable for nearly any condition. By stocking up on any of these lures, you’re sure to have a productive day on the water!