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Late-Summer Bass Fishing Tips: Where and How to Catch Largemouths

When it comes to summer fishing, pros pay attention to vegetation, bridges, and current

By late summer, bass fishing is not for the faint of heart. Largemouths are often deep and lethargic, and they’re also frequently starting to relocate and suspend at middepth ranges as forage begins to move. This is when professional anglers start following the ABCs of summer fishing. • “The ABCs stand for aquatic vegetation, bridges, and current, three shortcuts to finding fish,” says veteran tournament pro and Lake Fork guide James Niggemeyer. “In summer, bass need shade, cover, oxygen, and food, and the ABCs always provide that. In addition, aquatic vegetation and bridges have depth changes close to cover, and current in the back of a creek attracts bass from other areas.”

Aquatic Vegetation

WHY BASS LIKE IT: Hydrilla, lily pads, hyacinths, and other greenery hold forage such as crawfish and sunfish and provide cover, shade, and higher oxygen.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Edge irregularities, especially depth changes; brush, logs, or rocks with the vegetation; isolated patches of greenery.

TECHNIQUES AND TACKLE: Skitter floating frogs over the top and through openings; flip tubes and jigs into open holes; run shallow crankbaits along the outside edge. Use 50- to 65-pound braided line for frogs and tubes; 12- to 20-pound fluoro­carbon for square-bill crankbaits.

Bridges

WHY BASS LIKE IT: Cover, shade, and abrupt depth changes are always present; nearby rocks often hold forage.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Brush lodged on the upstream side of pilings; current breaks behind pilings; baitfish around pilings.

TECHNIQUES AND TACKLE: Bulge a fast spinnerbait parallel to abutments and pilings nearest the channel first. Cover the brush at upstream pilings with a crankbait; hit the downstream side of abutments with a drop-shot rig. Use 8- to 16-pound fluorocarbon line (it sinks).

Current

WHY BASS LIKE IT: Moving water produces higher oxygen, washes in food, and usually creates cooler temperatures.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Eddies and protected calmer water; rocks, small islands, other visible cover like stumps or logjams.

TECHNIQUES AND TACKLE: Cast light jigs, plastic grubs, or Texas-rigged worms upstream and let current carry them into quiet eddies. Work small buzzbaits across calmer areas, especially in early morning. Use 12- to 16-pound fluorocarbon
for strength and low visibility.

 

 

 

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from hunterkid94 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

great article. i will use this when i go bassin next.

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from Ethan3 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

yes, good article. I am ready to use the topwater frog for all the thick vegetation next time i go

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from thlasdoc wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Good article . . I fish streams and rivers in Missouri. I find going though ripples once past I turn the canoe around and cast a plastic worm into the eddies and swirls. Or, next to the grass and reeds growing out of the water. Small rock ledges! Watch the flow of the stream. . fish the deeper side! The shady side later in the day. Root wads . stumps . . log jams . .etc!

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from bassman3-15 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Tubes are a great choice in the Fall.

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Nice article. I have some new tips and tactics as well as over 200 free videos from top pros on these topics. Stop by and take a look at http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from cas0905 wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

i just make sure my cooler is topped off with plenty of ice and beer

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from bigfishguy wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

thanks for the tips
very useful

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from fisher480 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

great article

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from Zacattack wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Thanks for the tips. The drop off will surely be my best spot!

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from poco1994 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

awsome artical i will definatly use this info

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from 2shweet wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Marcia Hawkins
Great tips! Will continue to try these out and attempt to learn PATIENCE! LOL!

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from Cameron5 wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

Cant go wrong with a texas-rigged worm.

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from chrishinson1971 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

this is a good article i will have to try this thaks for the info.

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from Drew Anderson wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Great Artical. Also try casting wacky riged plastic worms in between roocks and weeds.

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from Coachcl wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

never a bad reason to get on some water and go fishing.

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from zrock365@yahoo.com wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

great tips next time I go bassin'ill use them.

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from Brian V wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Very helpful article

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from BigFishON wrote 38 weeks 4 days ago

I'd have to agree with this article, some of my best bass were caught near or under a bridge. I usually try to cast upstream, retrieve downwards over weed beds or sunken structures.

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from hunterkid94 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

great article. i will use this when i go bassin next.

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from thlasdoc wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Good article . . I fish streams and rivers in Missouri. I find going though ripples once past I turn the canoe around and cast a plastic worm into the eddies and swirls. Or, next to the grass and reeds growing out of the water. Small rock ledges! Watch the flow of the stream. . fish the deeper side! The shady side later in the day. Root wads . stumps . . log jams . .etc!

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from bigfishguy wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

thanks for the tips
very useful

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from poco1994 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

awsome artical i will definatly use this info

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from Drew Anderson wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Great Artical. Also try casting wacky riged plastic worms in between roocks and weeds.

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from Coachcl wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

never a bad reason to get on some water and go fishing.

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from BigFishON wrote 38 weeks 4 days ago

I'd have to agree with this article, some of my best bass were caught near or under a bridge. I usually try to cast upstream, retrieve downwards over weed beds or sunken structures.

www.fishingtipsdepot.com/bass-fishing-tips.php

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from Ethan3 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

yes, good article. I am ready to use the topwater frog for all the thick vegetation next time i go

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from bassman3-15 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Tubes are a great choice in the Fall.

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from delawarebass wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Nice article. I have some new tips and tactics as well as over 200 free videos from top pros on these topics. Stop by and take a look at http://delawaretrophybass.com

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from cas0905 wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

i just make sure my cooler is topped off with plenty of ice and beer

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from fisher480 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

great article

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from Zacattack wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Thanks for the tips. The drop off will surely be my best spot!

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from 2shweet wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Marcia Hawkins
Great tips! Will continue to try these out and attempt to learn PATIENCE! LOL!

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from Cameron5 wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

Cant go wrong with a texas-rigged worm.

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from chrishinson1971 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

this is a good article i will have to try this thaks for the info.

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from zrock365@yahoo.com wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

great tips next time I go bassin'ill use them.

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from Brian V wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Very helpful article

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