How to Catch Largemouth Bass Throughout the Year
Bass are shallow this time of year. Use a slower presentation with smaller bait/lure sizes and a stealthy approach. Focus on flats with developing weed growth adjacent to drop-offs or shoreline points in coves or just outside coves in the main-lake area. Spinner baits, Texas or Carolina-rigged plastic lizards, shallow/medium diving crank baits, and jerk baits are all good options. Bass are cover oriented fish, so cast over/along emerging weeds and into weed pockets. Also consider using live bait such as crayfish or shiners in early spring.
Bass will be a little deeper in the summer and oriented to available cover, especially weeds. Focus on shallow/mid-depth flats adjacent to drop-offs or gradually points with weed cover. The deep weed line can be especially productive this time of year, especially if larger predators are not present in high numbers. Cast jigs, plastic worms/grubs/tubes rigged Texas or Carolina style, or mid/deep diving crank baits over top or along weeds or into weed pockets.
As water temperatures drop in early fall, bass will feed aggressively in shallower water. Shallow, main-lake flats with vegetation are good options along with shallow shoreline points. A faster presentation with Lip less crank baits, shallow diving crank baits, spinner baits, and jerk baits can be very effective. Fan-cast across flats to cover a lot of water to find roaming bass or cast to specific weed edges. In low-light conditions, top water lures can be a very productive choice in early fall.
As water temperatures continue to drop and vegetation continues to die off, many bass will begin to locate on steeper sloping structure in the Main-lake area. Steep inside bends can be especially good, since they tend to have the healthiest, greenest weeds this time of year. The deep weed line or any clumps of remaining green weeds on flats adjacent to deep water can also be productive, especially in the afternoon on warm, sunny days. A slower retrieve should be used in later fall, and larger baits may be more productive. Large spinner baits with large willow-leaf blades, large deep diving crank baits, Carolina rigged worms or lizards, and lip less crank baits are good choices. Dead sticking soft plastics or suspending jerk baits next to weed lines or clumps of weeds is worth trying in tough conditions.