• Bass Fishing

    Bass pro Bernie Schultz shows off a nice bass caught in windy conditions this spring during Shimano’s “Cast Smarter” Media Conference.

    Top 3 tips for windy bass fishing

    The old wind machine has been cranked up and blowing for what seems like almost all spring, and hopefully now a more typical summertime pattern will take over.

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    Bass pro Russ Lane actually targets suspended bass locating them on his electronics and counting a swimbait down to their depth.

    Counting down to suspended bass

    Without question, the toughest bass to catch are the ones suspending over deep water. Without definitive cover to target, anglers find it difficult to reach and entice fish that are typically in a negative mood. 

    June 15 at 7:00am
    Paul Elias depends on his depth finder to locate the ledges and see the structure and  bass at Pickwick before he ever starts chunking and winding.

    Bet on Pickwick’s ledges during June

    Pickwick Lake is a great ledge lake. Although you primarily will be fishing for and catching largemouths there in June, when you get a strike, you don’t know what you’ll reel in, because all types of fish and baitfish will be running those ledges. All of the Tennessee River lakes are extremely fertile and home to an abundance of baitfish. During June, the ledges are the structure you can bet on to find and catch bass.

    June 12 at 9:00am
    Sustaining quality fishing in aging reservoirs will require providing good habitat for bass and for anglers.

    Enhance habitat, fish will respond

    Table Rock Lake is a 43,100-acre impoundment on the White River in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri that was built in 1958. 

    June 07 at 9:15am
    Kahara Diving Frog

    Kahara Diving Frog

    The Kahara Diving Frog is a great summertime bass lure, especially on waters that get choked with surface weeds this time of year. Unlike traditional hollow-body frog lures which stay on the surface full time, this one dives underwater, and even under lily pads every time the angler moves the lure. It then floats back to the surface when anglers pause their retrieve.

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Hoot Gibson of Philadelphia developed the Scum Frog over 30-years ago, and proves every chance he gets that it remains productive.

    Pad pandemonium

    “The year’s at the spring,

    The days at the morn,

    The mornings at seven,

    The pad-stems dew pearled.

    “The blackbirds are fussing,

    The gators are sunning,

    Bass are hitting topwater,

    All’s right with the world.”

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Author Mike Giles caught this bass on a shaky head while fishing with Ken Covington aboard the Pond Prowler.

    Cool runnings, hot bassing

    Ken Covington steered his boat to just the right spot in the shallow creek, putting his father and favorite fishing partner, Jerry Covington, where he could pitch a white spinnerbait near a promising brush top. 

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Bass fishing doesn’t end in Mississippi when fish leave the shallows. Summer can be just as productive.

    Go off(shore) for summer bass

    The premise “one-size-fits-all” rarely fits in the bass-fishing scene, and it most certainly isn’t the case for summer, offshore pursuits. 

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Summer bass under docks deserve your best shot.

    Take a shot at summer bass

    Shade, shelter and feeding opportunities; it’s no wonder bass don’t want to leave their docks. You pluck a few from the perimeters with moving baits and maybe flip a couple off those outside posts, but consistency hinges on your ability to take it to ’em. 

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Gene Larew’s Bass Shooter was designed to be ‘shot’ back up under docks where bass hide.

    Shoot that thang!

    If skipping simply frustrates you — or perhaps you’re teaching kids or other beginners — don’t fret; take a page from the crappie angler’s handbook and “shoot” your baits under the cover. 

    June 01 at 7:00am
    The ‘potato chip lip’ on Rapala’s Scatter Rap Glass Shad creates erratic movement gamefish just can’t resist.

    Rapala’s Scatter Rap Glass Shad

    Some anglers refer to the plastic lip recently added to the Rapala Glass Shad crankbait as a “potato chip lip,” which is what it closely resembles.

    May 24 at 9:00am
    When fish suspend in open water, the Damiki rig is one of the most effective options for coaxing bites.

    Dazzle ‘em with the Damiki rig

    Bass anglers know that few scenarios rival the hair-pulling frustration of suspended fish. Maybe it’s largemouth fleeing heavy fishing pressure on their offshore humps and contour breaks; or perhaps we’re talking about spotted bass suspending in open water because they enjoy being difficult.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Use your electronics to find post-spawn staging areas, similar to the ones used by bass during the prespawn.

    Post-spawn tips for Pickwick

    Post-spawn fishing for bass can encompass everything from hatched eggs to shady summer haunts, but it begins as soon as the bass start leaving their spawning beds, and it runs through the summer. 

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Hunter Miles pulled this 61/2-pound Okatibbee Lake bass off a brush top along a creek channel.

    Hunter Miles’ May bass fishing mindset

    Rising bass pro Hunter Miles’ game plan for May bass trips includes:

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Bass pro Keith Combs landed this big 6-pounder with a topwater frog on a recent trip to Grosse Savanne Lodge in Cameron Parish, La., during Shimano’s “Cast Smarter” Media Conference.

    Get the jump on topwater frogs

    Not much can match the pulse-pounding thrill of a giant bass breaking the surface and engulfing a topwater frog.

    May 14 at 7:00am
    Maynor Creek has been kicking out some very nice bass, and May is a productive month to catch some of these chunky largemouths.

    Fish Maynor Creek in May

    Maynor Creek, a 500-acre lake near Waynesboro, is a Pat Harrison Waterway District lake. One of the older lakes in that group, Maynor Creek had issues with its dam almost 10 years ago. The state pulled the water level down to repair the dam. 

    May 10 at 8:30am