With the daytime heat nearly unbearable, you should try night fishing.
For many anglers, myself included, this is their favorite time to fish. In addition to escaping the heat, the lakes aren’t torn up at night by the speed boats, jet skiers and water skiers that spook shallow fish and make them move out to deeper water.
Fish such as bass and crappie won’t stay in warm shallow water for any length of time, because the low oxygen levels in this water will cause them to stress out and become very inactive. This is why a smart angler will plan to fish in the cooler hours of the night. After the hot sun has set and the darkness moves in for the night, most types of fish will slowly move back toward the shallower cover.
Largemouth bass, for instance, will move up and hold on many diff erent types of cover. Some will move right up on shoreline cover such as rocks or some type of wood cover, while some will hold on secondary drop off s, creek channel edges, bluff s and the deeper channel edge of a point. If the angler has a general knowledge of the area or can read the structure lay out of the area with a fish finder, he or she will have a big advantage in knowing what bait will produce the best.
If you feel the bass are very shallow, try top water bait or buzz bait. This will bring explosive hits at night. If you think the fish are in a little deeper water, say from five to ten feet, you can try a crank bait that has a built in rattle or slow roll a Colorado leaf spinner bait. This big blade puts off a lot of thump in the water. Bass feed mostly by sound and by the feel of the vibration of bait such as a rattling crank bait or a big thumping spinner bait.
Other top producers of bass at night are the worm or jig, both of which have put many a happy angler in the winner’s circle at a bass tournament. When fished correctly, these baits can catch bass like nothing else at night. The worm is good to cast to visible shoreline cover and also to fish in deeper cover. The jig is great when the bass are holding tight to deeper cover and are not really hitting other baits well. What most bass anglers like to do is to fish a good spot with a worm for the active bass and catch a few good keepers, then fish the spot with a jig to catch the bigger bass.
Crappie are always more active at night. If you can find a deep brush pile or some type of wood cover you can usually get over top of it and fish with minnows or small tube baits and catch crappie most of the night. In lakes that don’t have a lot of wood cover, crappie will stack up on the channel edges on a drop off .
Cat fishing is also good at night.
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