Strike Times: Early morning and evening
Wide, shallow pools below a fast-water turn or riffle aren't exactly the money at noon on a bluebird day, but during low light, they can cough up some of the most explosive strikes of summer. Bass holding in tailouts are usually there for one reason—mealtime. In the early morning and late evening, bass slide out of upstream holes and post in feeding lanes, much like trout do. From there, they'll peel off to grab a hatching insect, or take a shot at a jittery bait school clustered against the bank. Quite often, you'll know there are fish in a tailout because they'll give themselves away with splashes, wakes, dimples, or full-on, blitz-style attacks. Once in position, always watch for a bit before casting.