There are some fishermen whose preparation can be summed up as buying some equipment and turning up to fish. Some people fish bass just to pass the time, and for them just going through the motions, so-to-speak, is enough.

For others, preparation goes a lot deeper. Thorough preparation includes understanding bass behavior, how bass are affected by the weather, by the water temperatures, learning about different baits and lures to use, what causes bass to strike, and many other factors.

Below are some bass fishing tips you can take with you on your next bass Fishing excursion.

Fish need to eat

Bass feed on a wide variety of creatures including other small fish, worms, snakes, bugs, frogs and crayfish. Understanding what food the bass are eating at your fishing spot helps you to choose appropriate bait. The closer your bait is to the food in the water the more likely you are to tempt the bass with something they recognize.

While you want to match your lures to the color of the native Bass prey, if the water is murky or otherwise stained, you will want to use a lure colored to stand out.

Water Temperature

Fish are cold blooded and are affected by the temperature of the water they reside in. Knowing this helps you to determine the best spots to find them at different seasons of the year. You can learn more about this reading the following resource page: Bass Fishing Environmental Factors.


Bass are predators, they like cover that allows them to ambush their intended prey from a relatively safe position. Try fishing for bass where there is cover for them to hide in. Grasses under the water, fallen tree branches, and even fishing docks are great places to find bass lurking.

Underwater Plant-life

Plants produce essential oxygen which feeds many small underwater life forms such as small fish and frogs – which make ideal food for hungry bass. Where there is active plant-life underwater, there will be food, and where there is food there will be bass hunting them.

Clear Water

When you fish in very clear water the bass you are hunting will be relying primarily on their sight, and one of the things they can easily pick upon is that fisherman above the water in his brightly colored clothes tossing out his line and jerking it around to attract the fish.

You need to make your lure move a lot fast in clear water to avoid the fish recognizing it as a fake, and you need to wear clothes that won’t cause you to stand out above the water.

Murky water

Sight becoming impractical in murky waters, but luckily bass can use their lateral lines to detect motion in the water, which they use to tell where potential food may be. If it’s harder to see in murky water, it makes sense to use a more brightly colored lure to help the bass see what its hunting.

Crankbaits and spinners can help in murky water by reflecting more light and making sounds that the bass can detect easier.

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