Catching fish is as much about planning as it is about skill and patience. Each species of fish has a time of year when they are active and a time of year when they are spawning. They also have specific times during the day when they venture away from their safe places and hunt for food.
Ideally, you want to be fishing while the fish are actively searching for food. Here are the best fishing times for bass.
The Time Of Day
If you’re going to ignore seasons altogether and consider only the time of day, then the best times are dawn and dusk. These are known as transition periods and they happen to be the time of day that bass feed more frequently. This is actually true for many different types of fish.
It doesn’t matter what time of year you are visiting the lake. If you want to increase your likelihood of catching that big, hungry bass, then dusk or dawn is your best bet.
Of course, the time of day isn’t the only factor that is going to influence bass density and feeding habits. The bass is a creature of habit. It follows the same patterns every day during specific times of the year. Understanding these patterns will help you determine the best time to fish in relation to the months and seasons.
The Movements Of Spring And Fall
One habit of the bass that you can always count on is their migration from shallow water to deep water or deep water to shallow water. During the early morning, the bass will move from the deep waters closer to the surface.
As the day progresses the bass will retreat back to their deep water home. Then, during the dusk hours, they will once again migrate to shallow waters and feed. This happens mostly during spring and fall and it also happens to align with the dusk and dawn time frame discussed earlier.
There are several reasons for this daily routine. The primary reason is food. Fish like shad, which the bass prefer to eat, naturally move into shallow waters where they can find shelter in trees and grass. During spring, the shad are also spawning in these areas. The bass utilizes this predictable routine to enjoy a daily feast.
Just as the bass understands the routine of the shad you must understand the routine of the bass. This is a perfect example of the circle of life in motion. Even the shad is following the routine of its prey, which is phytoplankton and zooplankton that appear in deeper water as the sun rises. In each case, it’s a matter of knowing where the food for your food will be.
The Best Fishing Times
For bass, the best times for fishing are either dusk or dawn during the seasons of spring and fall. It’s certainly possible to catch them at any other time of the year, but it will always be more difficult. You can use this same approach to determine the best fishing schedule for any specific species of fish.