How To Bass Fishing In Summer?

There’s no reason to slow down on your bass fishing pursuits because it’s the freshest time of the year! Many anglers can thrive on the summertime bass bite; you simply need to know¬†how to find bass in summer and what you should prepare.

How To Find Bass

Summer bass is most likely to be set up under overhanging cover, near ledges and drop-offs, near humps, and points, in areas with water currents, and near dense floating vegetation.

Overhanging Cover

The overhanging cover provides the largemouth bass with shade which is crucial during the hot summer. Look for docks, boathouses, trees, or anything that makes a shady area for the bass to hang out.

Shady water can be 10 degrees cooler than the water only bases down in the hot sun, so this means there’s further oxygen in the cooler water. Bass and the small fish that bass eats both like oxygen. The shadowed areas are also ideal because small baitfish gather in these spots to avoid birds and other avian predators and make for an excellent place for bass to ambush the bait.

Ledges And Drop Offs

Look for areas where the water drops off from a shallow area into a deeper pool. These are especially common in budgets and a great spot to check. During low light times, anglers can start the search on the shallower part on top of the ledge casting down into the deep part and retrieving up the ledge. During times of full sun, gillers sit over the ledge and cast parallel to the ledge reacquiring straight up. The other option is to sit deep and cast into the shallow area reacquiring down the ledge. In general, the big bass tends to stay closest to the ledge, whether below or above it.


The water current brings food and oxygen to the bass, so they will strategically place themselves so the current will bring food and oxygen to them without any need to move. Some of the biggest basses are set up near moving water, especially in the summer. Also, the current can be veritably small to attract fish; as long as it can move any food, it’s an excellent place to cast.

Dense And Floating Vegetation

It’s always a good idea to look for bass underneath living, floating vegetation, especially in natural lakes. Look for hydrilla, lily pads, and hyacinth, the pets for largemouth bass. The bass seeks sanctum underneath these areas for shade and for a good spot to ambush prey. The strategy is analogous to the overhanging structure, except the bass generally prefer the floating foliage since the cover extends into the water, adding redundant shelter for them to hide and ambush.

Still, you may have set up a gold mine and should start casting your line, if you find a place where a raft of hyacinth drifts into a bed of lily pads or hydrilla. Further, then likely, there will be bass there and probably the big bass. To catch big bass under the floating vegetation, it’s stylish to use weedless muck baits such as rats or frogs to drag them over the top. Then, be ready for the hardest strike of your life!

When fumbling below the face under vegetation, small craws are generally the stylish way to go. Generally, the prey living near matted vegetation is small, similar to crawfish or sunfish, so using a lower bait is the stylish way to match the hatch in this scenario.

How To Use Baits

Big Swim Baits For Early June

A realistic swimbait in early june proves to be especially useful in rivers or bodies of water with trout or kokanee. In the first couple weeks of summer, june bass will attack any realistic-looking swimbait. With big swimbaits, try slowly dragging the bottom or cruise it along in the water column.

Big Baits Never Fail For Bass

Although swimbaits may work stylish in early june or spring, you can never go wrong with a big bait, bass always seem to love them!

Of course, the stylish way to catch a big fish is to use a big bait! Big fish like eating big baits, and if you’re looking to catch a record-breaking bass, give her a bait that’s worth her time eating. Big bass love crankbaits and jerkbaits.

Using Jerkbait For Summer Bass Fishing

In the summertime, bass tends to suspend themselves over the thermocline. The thermocline is the transition layer of water between what has been heated, from the cooler water below.

For more casting distance, use suspending or slow sinking jerkbaits because they generally weigh more. Since suspending and slow sinking jerkbaits aren’t floating on the surface, they also stay longer in the strike zone. However, you can also try floating jerk baits, if there are only a couple of feet of water between the surface of the water and weeds.

There are also a lot of different retrieve methods when it comes to jerkbait fishing. There is always the standard retrieve by jerking, adding a 1-second pause, a double haul, reel it in, and also another 1-second pause. Then you can begin with a 5-bottom handling jerk bait and also ultimately move down in running depth. 

Tips For Bass Fishing In The Summer

  • Bass In The Shadows

One of the number one tips to know going into summer bass fishing is to keep an eye out for shadowy waters. This could mean shadows near a tree, large structures that would shield bass from the sun, or lots of weeds and vegetation. Bass are just like us in the summer, they are each about comfort and staying out of the heat.

  • Knowing The Exceptions To Deep Water Bass Fishing Shallow Thinking

While you may more frequently find yourself fishing in the deep end, a hot summer paired with low lake levels helps to push huge numbers of bass into the bank, and shallower waters.

Look for dark black or gray shapes in the water that would provide shade for hot bass.

  • Keep Water Temperature In Mind While Summer Bass Fishing

While of course, we know the deeper waters are presumably cooler, we also know fishing isn’t as simple as that. Keep in mind temperature and its relation to your environment. For illustration, if you notice shadows over 10 feet of water, give it a shot because it may be cooler than 30 feet of water out in the hot sun.

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