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The Types of Bass Present in a Lake

Click to enlargeEDITOR'S NOTE: Have you ever wondered why bass angling professionals can come to a lake they've never fished before, compete for three days, and catch more and bigger bass than the anglers who live on the lake? Actually the reason is simple. Most of the work of locating the fish is done prior to these professionals' coming to the lake. Many times their preparation for the tournament may have taken place months before the actual contest. They also have another Click to enlargeadvantage that fishermen who angle the same lake every weekend don't have, because these pros don't have honey holes, favorite spots or places to go to where they've caught bass in the past. So they must rely on their own ability to find the fish on the lake where the bass should be when the fish are supposed to be there - without any pre-conceived ideas about where the bass are.

Knowing the varieties of bass in a lake will help you formulate a game plan for fishing the lake. For instance, if there are both largemouth and spotted bass in a lake, Click to enlargeyou must realize that spotted bass are usually the least affected by drastic weather changes. Therefore if a cold front moves onto the lake causing the largemouth to become inactive, many times you can move to another area of the lake that may have more-suitable habitat for spotted bass and still continue to catch fish- even though the largemouth fishing has shut down for the day. If the lake has largemouth Click to enlargeand smallmouth in it, then if the largemouth aren't biting, change your tactics and your location on the lake to angle for smallmouth.

Many bassers don't catch bass because they don't adequately scout a lake before they fish it. Even if you're angling on a lake where you've fished all of your life, if you'll apply these scouting techniques, you may be surprised at the places where you find bass and the new strategies you can use to catch fish on your home lake.


Check back each day this week for more about HOW TO SCOUT FOR BASS

Day 1: Time of Year and Maps
Day 2: An Aerial Look
Day 3: The Weather
Day 4: Call the Lake and Learn the Conditions
Day 5: The Types of Bass Present in a Lake



Entry 307, Day 5