As the summer begins to heat up in many areas, so does bass fishing. Many bass fishermen agree that there is no better time of the year to catch bass than the summertime and in this article I will outline 3 extremely effective bass baits to use during the hot summer months. When the weather gets hot the bass baits that are employed should be adjusted to match what the bass are doing, and bass tend to react differently as the weather (and subsequently the water temperatures) heat up.
Bass fishing tends to become a bit more difficult during extremely hot weather, mostly because during extremely hot weather water temperatures can become all but unbearable to bass. As the bass look to cool off, which means that late evening and especially early mornings tend to be the most productive times of the day to fish, bass tend to migrate to deeper water because deeper water means cooler water. This means that during the hottest parts of the day, look for bass to be in deeper water than during the early mornings or late evenings when bass can be found feeding in the shallows.
In any case, the following 3 bass baits should definitely be a part of any serious bass fisherman’s bass fishing arsenal, there’s no doubt about it.
- Top Water Baits – Top water baits such as Zara Spook’s or Pop-R’s are both excellent choices when bass fishing during hot weather, as long as they are used during the early morning or late evenings when the water is completely flat. These baits should be fished around shoreline cover, as bass migrate here during the night when water temperatures cool off. The key to working these bass baits during hot weather is to work them very slowly.
- Lipless Swim Baits – Anytime that you are bass fishing during the heat of the day lipless swim baits such as the KickTail Minnow or traditional lipless baits such as the Rat-L-Trap can be difficult to beat. Count these bass baits down to the depth that bass seem to be holding at and you are good to go. You can accomplish this task by varying the speed of your retrieve. The faster you reel your lipless swim bait in the shallower it will run and vice versa.
- Floating Worms – Four to six inch floating worms in a variety of colors are a great bait when you speak of hot weather bass fishing. Both Texas and Carolina rigged floating worms work very well during the hot summer months and need to be a part of your tackle bag/box. As the day progresses start to look for active bass in deeper water and fish your floating worm Texas style for the best results. Earlier in the day when bass are shallower, rig your floating worm Carolina style.
The bottom line is that all of these baits are extremely effective during the hot weather months of July, August, and even early September. Have these bass baits available during these times and you will experience much more bass fishing success.