Hey, Capt Chris here, welcome to our fishing blog. Today I’m rewriting about a completed Lake Bass Fishing Tips to Catch Bass on any River to everybody, but I’m mainly talking to the guys that fish from the shore. Because today’s to apply to you more than some of our previous stuff, this topic will be going to help you.
What I want to talk about is establishing patterns on the water so that you can consistently catch fish. The way I’m going to do that is I’m going to walk you through I just did the last a couple of hours. Here on the lake to give you some background, we’re on a lake to provide you with some context we’re on a lake where the water has been rising we had a storm about a week and a half ago. The lake rose about 3 feet, and that is going to cause a lot of confusion because we started to get some stain to the water’s, not chocolate milk it’s not muddy water, But it has a massive stain compared to before it’s got about a foot and a half to two feet of visibility, which is it’s an in-between and we got here so late after the storm you know it’s had a week we can have to settle that you don’t see how the rain has played into it either but for Tim and me when we’ve put the time in on the water year after year.
What we found is that for us where we are in the world when you start seeing that rising water, from January to February. That pretty well signals the end of the winter mentality you begin thinking pre-spawn now you might be jumping the gun a little bit, but you want to start heading that direction south of us. You know the guys down around the border lakes those guys you might be seeing that same thing you start getting that rising water December January. You start thinking and guys farther north you just adjust you know February to March, March to April, but when you start seeing that spring rising water that tells you what’s coming so when I get those circumstances, I immediately go.
Spinnerbait and jigs for Lake Bass Fishing Tips
This box is very, very simple, there are two things in here is spinnerbaits and jigs. That’s all that’s in that box. That’s my rising fish box, those are the two things I want to start. Because that was going to tell me very quickly. What the fish are doing that jig I can get in and out of that shallow cover see if those fish move up and then the spinner rate I can run the whole gamut.
So today here, what happened it went to the river. Now I have left my electronics, and this is why it applies to you bank guys. Because I don’t know this water temp and don’t know depth lake. All I know is that I have rising water and it’s reasonably stained. So how do you adapt what do you do how do you find and catch fish? Here’s what I did first thing is picking up the jig. Now it’s a bluebird sky day I’m under a fog bank so keep that in mind this is not a storm, this will lift, and we’ll have bluebird in the afternoon, so the fish are going to behave like it’s a sunny day even though they’re under that fog.
The first thing for lake bass fishing tips, I picked up that jig I went up shallow, and I started firing that jig just hit about a 45-degree angle going down the shoreline, just cover in water with reasonably neutral jigs you know that’s super Matt Brown that’s one of the colors that I enjoy. throwing still a finesse jig because it is cold water, so I don’t need a giant hook to wrench on those fish unless they’re burrowed into the cover then so I can get them out of the brush or out of the trees. I started with that jig, and it was not happening spent 20-30 minutes with a jig. Fishing from zero to 15 feet of water roughly, I mean I don’t know exactly what I’m fishing, but just cover in water going down the bank it’s not happening, second thing for Lake Bass Fishing Tips is, I picked up a big spinnerbait picked up a three-quarter ounce spinner rate double willow because again it’s not chocolate milk silver blades.but I’m getting flash I’m getting movement I’m covering water and I went three-quarter ounce because that allows me to throw right up to shore and I can fish right tight to the bank if those fish did move up with that storm if they’re in the cover I can bang my way through it but it’s a 3/4 ounce bait so I can also let it drop afterward and follow that shoreline down I’m fishing on fairly steep Bank I’m guessing that the boat is sitting in 30 35 feet of water, so I’ve got that spin rate going down the bank, sure enough, three short strikes over about a 20 minute period. I don’t get any of them the last one I’m throwing that spinner rate with a 4.8 Kai Tak on it, that previous one bit the tail off of that thing just clipped it clean off. That told me everything I needed to know, to get those short strikes that are putting the pattern together but getting bit off told me everything because all three bites happened. I’m falling down the bank, I’ve got a slope, and I throw my spinner right up shallow, and I’m fishing downslope as that spinner rate would lift at the end that’s when I got all three bites. So that told me either my fish were mid-depth, and they were following it and eating it on the turn, or my fish just happened to be at that exact depth of where I was turning, and that’s why I was getting bit one of those two things applied. But I just eliminated all that above water, so what’s happened is the fish followed up as the water was rising, but then it’s stabilized, and it is still cold it is still January, so they immediately backed back down. So now I’ve established they’re not on the bank I started on the bank got that out of the way now I know they’re down there somewhere in about that 20 30 foot range, but they’re not eating that spinner rate. They’re hitting it they’re not committing my guess, they can see it too well, or the fish are too small. Having fished here before my assumption is not that they’re too small, I assume that they’re getting too good of a look so they are aggressive. They’re hitting it they’re not committing my guess, they can see it too well, or the fish are too small. Having fished here before my assumption is not that they’re too small, I assume that they’re getting too good of a look, so they are aggressive, they’re coming up to get it, but then they see it, you know it’s bright it’s chartreuse it’s blue it’s got big blades and they’re just nipped at the back end.
I immediately cut it off and I tied on the same thing that’s a Matt Allen swim made head three-quarter ounce four point eight Kai Tak and I fire back out there. because now I’m thinking kind of got a depth established there clearly on bait fish, they weren’t on a crow at least not shallow. I switch over and I start throwing that swimbait head and I give it about 15-20 minutes, never got touched covering back through the same area where I just got bit on the spinner rate. and I know I didn’t put a hook in any of those fish so with enough time they should feed again this is not happening. What that tells me they leave a spinnerbait they won’t eat a bear swimbait well what is the difference the difference is flash and color that’s the difference, because my clarity is still around a foot and a half color is probably not my issue it’s probably flash. I go under spin slightly smaller 4.3 Kai Tak a half ounce under turn now, and I’m getting away from that bright flashy spinnerbait with big blades. I’m getting away from that, I’m getting that genetic profile that natural look, but I still have some flash because my theory is that the swimbait. While it looks right down deep 20-30 feet in that reasonably stained water, they’re struggling to locate it, so you go to that spinner on that underspin I start fishing that same stretch again immediately pick a bass fish up.Now you’ve got a model you’ve found a depth range I started fishery parallel to, and that’s when I picked that fish up. I’ve seen my fish are between somewhere in that twenty to a twenty-eight range, and I’m only gauging that by how long it’s taking my bait to sink because again I don’t have a graph with me you could be doing this same thing standing on the shore. You don’t know the depth, you don’t know water temp, but you can look down, you can see clearly, and you adjust your start fishing parallel, and you work, your way down, and then you switch your types of baits on your way down until you find those fish. so I picked one up on that underspin first thing I did was set it down right away put that down and I immediately pick the jig back up and why would I do that simple. I’ve established my depth, I know exactly where my fish are sitting I can take that jig and fish right back down that same depth range cover water more slowly. because of the water still cold so in this theory if the fish will eat an aggressive a moving bait. they should eat a slow-moving bait too they should eat that jig and now I know my right depth range see before I was fishing too shallow now I’m at the right depth.
When we finally dialed in the pattern that tells me a fisher in the 20s, they are after bait fish they are not after cross they want a baitfish profile they want to run it down, and I know that because of the clarity. I still need flash now, I have a boat full of tackle, and I only have one bait, that I need to be throwing that is how you establish a pattern I can now take this bait anywhere on the lake on a similar Bank or if you’re on a small body of water stick to where you’re at but you want to maintain that same sort of structure and that same sort of depth so today that would be steep chunk rock Bank outside corners in the mid-20s and I can take my one bait focus there and I know when I come to each spot that if those fish are there they should take a shot at that bait I’m no longer changing baits I’m no longer changing rods trying to establish pattern we’ve got a pattern we can just focus on fishing and I’ve got the whole rest of the day to do that hope that helps you guys it should it should help you establish patterns because you can do this all the way into the spring maybe the baits will change but the concept is the same you make little adjustments until you’ve got it fine to know once you’re fine-tuned stop fooling around don’t even branch out from there run that pattern until it stops working and start looking again that should help you guys put some more fish in the boat put some more fish on the bank we’ll write to you again soon.