Whitesburg KY

Now is time to think about fising at night

At this time of year the heat is almost unbearable during the daytime. You can try to fish during the heat of the day, but most of the time the heat will get the best of most fisherman. But there is another option. It is called night fishing.

For many anglers – myself included – this is their favorite time to fish anyway. There are several reasons for this. First and the most obvious is to escape from the heat. Also during the day the lakes are torn up by speedboats, jet skies and waterskiers. This will spook shallow fish and make them move out to deeper water. Also the bright sunlight in the clearer shallow water will heat faster and make the fish move deeper during the day.

As the shallow water gets warmer the oxygen levels will drop as there is less oxygen in warmer water than in cooler water. A fish like a bass or crappie will not stay in warm, poorly oxygenated water for any length of time because the low oxygen levels in the water will cause the bass to become very inactive.

This is why a smart angler will plan his or her good fishing trips in the cooler hours of the nighttime. After the hot sun has set and the darkness sets in for the night, most types of fish will slowly move back toward the shallower cover. Fish like the largemouth bass will move up and hold on many different types of cover. Some of the bass will move right up on shoreline cover like rocks or some type of wood cover, then some will hold on things like secondary drop-offs, creek channel edges, bluffs and the deeper channel edge of a point.

If the anglers have a general knowledge of the area or can read the structure layout of the area with a fish finder, they will have a big advantage in knowing what bait will produce the best. If you feel the bass are very shallow, try a topwater bait or a buzzbait. This will bring explosive hits.

If you think the fish are in a little deeper water, you can try something like a crankbait that has a built-in rattle or slow roll a Colorado leaf spinnerbait. This big blade puts off a lot of thump in the water. Bass will feed mostly by sound and by the feel of the vibration of bait like a rattling crankbait or a big thumping spinnerbait.

Also a top producer of nighttime bass is the worm or jig. Both of these baits 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, and then fish the spot with a jig to catch the bigger bass.

Fish like crappie seem to be more active at nighttime. 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.

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