With bass fever running high in early summer, it would be nice if the fish themselves were schooling and feeding intensively. But done with spawning, bass of both species seem intent on recuperation before they’ll strap on the feed bags for midsummer. Big female smallies and largemouths drift off to deeper water, often suspending. Why they do this is a bit of a mystery, but the reason just might be because it’s comfortable. Males (and some females) hang out along shorelines, breaklines, and transitions on the bottom. The vegetation of midsummer has yet to emerge and hold bait, and the bass, in most cases, remain scattered.