Bass are an elusive fish, but there are some great bass fishing tips that I can give you that can increase your chances of catching more and better fish. The are several basic things you need to know about the largemouth bass.
First, this fish needs lots and lots of oxygen. So you’ll find these fish in areas that are highly oxygenated, like where runoff hits a lake, and the surface of the water (when temperatures are warmer) where wind can churn more oxygen into the water.
Bass like warmer water, which becomes very important when you are fishing through the seasons, as you need to find what depth they are going to be at, depending on the water temperature. The ideal water temperature for bass is between 65 and just over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you can work your baits in these temperatures of water, you stand a good chance at success.
Also, bass love cover. Places where trees have fallen into the water, stump areas, large rocks, bulrushes, points and drop offs, really any place where the bass can find shade and be able to ambush food is where you’ll find them. In my personal experience, I have found a lot of bass under rocks that are on or very near the shore. For some reason the shade and the wall of the rocks just seem to hold bass. But some of that is due to the lakes that I fish not having a lot of moss or lilly pads for bass to enjoy.
Another thing about bass, they are mostly loners. It isn’t very often that you’ll find schooling bass, however it is possible, especially with smaller fish. But for the most part, bass wonder on their own, and they can become territorial, especially during the spring bass spawn. So if you catch a bass in a particular area, stay on the area for a couple more casts, then move on.
With regard to bass bait, it really depends on the day. Bass eat such a variety of foods, from insects, to frogs, to worms and bait fish, it really depends on the day, the season, etc. Most anglers have found that bass worms tend to work very well in most situations. So if you are a beginning bass fisherman, I would start with worms. They are cheap, easy, and you can work them slow, fast, with a jerking action, or just right along the bottom. Personally, I like to use crankbaits more than worms, not necessarily because they catch better fish, because I can cover more water quicker, and usually get more strikes with crankbaits over worms.