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HINTS ON LOCATING
BASS IN THE EVER CHANGING CONDITION OF OKLAHOMA WATERS
there is anything that I have learned while fishing in Oklahoma
there is only one constant; that is change. In this monthly article
I will be discussing all the different types of changes that we all
have to deal with on a daily basis and some hints or tactics that
have helped me find and locate bass. Whether it is the ever
changing lake levels, changing of the water temps, fishing pressure
from all of the tournaments, water clarity, or just the normal
changing of the seasons I will explain what tips and tactics has
helped me adjust and catch bass.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOPWATER LURES
By: Dustin Lester
The dog days of
summer are starting to wind down, but that does not mean that the
top water action is going to slow. In fact the fall months can be
one of the most productive and exciting times of the year to catch
bass on top. Nothing tops the thrill of a big bass smashing a
topwater lure! Here’s how I choose and use surface baits for
largemouth bass, and limits of keepers as well.
I begin casting
surface baits in spring, once the water temperature tops 65
degrees. This roughly coincides with the post-spawn period, the
time when bass leave their beds and resume active feeding. The
topwater bite normally continues through summer and fall, then
usually diminishes once the water cools below 60 degrees in late
fall. But there are exceptions, I remember a cold day spent on
Grand lake this past winter, the date was January 1, 2003 my partner
and I went to Grand to try and catch a bass on rogues, after about
three hours without a bite we notice shad flipping around this
stretch of docks. Keep in mind it was 30 degrees and the snow was
falling, the entire deck of the boat was white. I tied on a black
buzzbait and ran it down the edge of the first dock ,and when I got
to the latter I hit the metal latter with the blade and a four
pounder hit. In the next hour and nine docks later we had boated
eight bass all over two pounds.
around shallow wood, weeds and rocks in lakes will often smash a
topwater lure, creating a ruckus on the surface, and can sometimes
be provoked into striking by making repeated casts to that likely
In clear lakes,
bass often suspend around points, grassbeds, underwater humps and
drop-offs and will swim surprising distances to strike a surface
In the summer
and fall, large numbers of bass often chase baitfish to the surface,
where a feeding frenzy takes place. Be alert for fish breaking
water or birds circling and diving on injured baitfish. In this
scenario, a topwater presentation is virtually guaranteed to draw a
come in many varieties, each designed for specific fishing
situations. If you enjoy topwater action half as much as I do you
need to have one of each in your tackle box.
Try a floating minnow around bedding
areas in shallow coves.
Use poppers and chuggers when bass are
holding in a confined area, such as in weedbeds growing just beneath
Use a prop bait in choppy water and when
it is overcast or raining.
Walk the dog by snapping the line with
sharp downward strokes of the rod tip while turning the reel handle
with each stroke.
Wobblers mimic live frogs. Retrieve
them parallel to grassy banks.
Buzzbaits are big fish lures. Use heavy
tackle when fishing them.
of these tips and tactics that work for me will help you in your
bass fishing adventures. Remember that just because you should not
be throwing a surface bait because of the time of year, it might
just be the money winning pattern.
STRETCH A NECK.