Breaking it Down
Part One "Current"
By: Blake Ellison
something that affects all aspects of a bassís life. It determines
the mood such as whether it rests or feeds. Current also greatly
influences the location of a bass by determining where it will
spawn, feed, and rest. There are three main types of current being
generated current, free flowing or natural, and wind driven current.
Part one will be discussing generated current being the most common
here in the northeast. I would define generated current as current
created by releasing water from the dams.
There are two types of currents created from these situations. One
is the current created by water being released into a reservoir and
the other is a current created by pulling water from the reservoir
or releasing it Itís important to know whatís going on while on the
water because these to current situations have totally opposite
affects on bass behavior. First it is important to know how current
affects a bassís behavior. Largemouths in particular do not like to
swim or rest in current because it requires a lot of energy for them
to stay in place. So naturally they often position themselves in
current breaks behind objects. Smallies and Kentuckyís on the other
hand like current and often position themselves in current, but
around current breaks as well.
Personally the ideal situation for me as an angler is the current
created from releasing water into a reservoir. It positions bass,
generally shallower and around or behind objects awaiting an easy
meal. Anything that gives a bass a break in the current, such as a
rock, tree, or a stump can create a great hiding spot for a bass.
Fishing can be quite spectacular at times while the current is
running because it puts the fish in a feeding mood and positions
them in a predictable location as well. A good choice for a lure in
this situation is spinner bait or flipping a soft plastic.
On the flip side when current is created from pulling water out of a
reservoir it often puts bass in a non feeding mood, and the often
abandon shallow cover for deeper structure. Bass often reposition on
break lines or move out to offshore structure. The fishing can still
be good and even great when the water is falling, because bass often
stack up on offshore locations at this time. It just requires a
great deal of patience and determination because these locations are
often hard to find. A great lure for searching for bass under these
circumstances is a Carolina rig. Heavy weight spinner bait and deep
diving crank baits are also affective for finding offshore bass.