Smallmouths on Lakes at Night in Hot Weather

Hot Weather Largemouth Bass at Night in Lakes

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Other Tips for Taking Nighttime Bass in Hot Weather

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Editor’s Note: Even a dog knows to get out of the sun when the temperature is 90+ degrees, and many bass anglers across the nation have discovered that bassing is more productive after dark on most rivers and lakes in the summertime.

These tactics are what nighttime bassers use in the hot weather of August and September to catch fish.

* Cast surface lures on nights with little or no moon.

* Use 7-10 inch plastic worms or snakes top-rigged Texas style in grass, weeds or cover on bright nights.

* Fish sub-surface lures like the 6-inch plastic worm rigged Texas style or a pig-n-jig.

* Identify places to fish where the most frogs are croaking, the crickets are chirping, and the bass are breaking or rolling on the surface to catch the most and the biggest bass at night.

* Use spinner baits with big blades and large trailers vertically – preferably a 1/4- to a 1/2-ounce spinner bait with a jumbo pork frog and large willow-leaf blades along rocky bluffs, cliffs and points at night to catch big spotted bass.

* Fish dark, black or brown spinner baits, either single or double bladed, for smallmouths, varying your retrieves to find which retrieve the bass prefer on that night.

* Try hopping a spinner bait down a rock pile or across a sunken island or sandbar to increase your chances of getting a strike.

* Fish shallow water cover for big bass at night.

* Use a racket bait like the Lunker Lure that doesn’t hang up much and heavy line to drag the bass out of timber.

* Fish at night in ponds near or in housing developments and golf courses.

* Target rocks, stumps or logs along old creek channels that bass use as feeding grounds.

* Wade fish at night to about knee-deep, while wearing lightweight waders and casting a 6-inch plastic worm, a Lunker Lure or a medium-running crankbait and bringing it back to the bank.

To learn more about catching bass, check out John E. Phillips’ book, “Bass Pros Season by Season Tactics” at available in Kindle, print and Audible versions.

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