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water tactics and locations for river bassin’
that you have the knowledge of how to locate and catch bass in your
favorite river when the water goes out of it’s banks, you will need
to have an understanding of how those bass will react when the water
levels drop back down to their normal levels.
This again is a yearly occurrence on a large majority of river
systems in the spring.
predominant idea that you need to keep in mind when fishing for bass
when the water levels are dropping is that bass have the knowledge
that the water is dropping and that they need to relocate.
They do no want to be caught on dry land, so they must stay one
step ahead of Mother Nature and the dropping water.
trouble that this causes anglers is that bass will many times move out
from the bank and suspend in the water column.
They may be 5 to 10 feet away from the bank or shoreline that
they were holding on. When
these bass suspend, they are keying on several items.
The first is any cover that they can find, whether it be trees,
bushes, or underwater features like rock piles or a ledge.
Another item that these bass will relate to is baitfish.
The bass will sometimes suspend in the water and follow around
a school of baitfish.
areas, that I pay particular attention to and try and locate when the
water is falling is tree lines and funneling areas.
will set up on tree lines as they pull out from the shallow water that
once was up and behind the trees.
The depth of water on these tree lines can range from 2 to 6
feet depending on where the tree line is located.
These trees also have a lot of insects on them, which attracts
baitfish and in turn provides bass with the nourishment that they
I am targeting bass along a tree line, I first go after them with a
search lure that will help me identify where they are located along
that tree line. The fish
may be right up tight along those trees, or they may be holding a foot
or two out in front or behind the tree.
That is why I start with either a spinnerbait or swimming jig.
Both of these baits allow me to cover a lot of water in a short
amount of time and will help me determine where the bass are
positioned along those trees.
colors, I like to keep my selections pretty simple.
If the water clarity is good, I will use a spinnerbait that has
a lot of flash to it, so it resembles a fleeing baitfish.
A ¼ ounce white or silver spinnerbait with a tandem blade
combination will work well. If
the water is on the murkier side, I use single
for swimming jigs, I like a ¼ ounce jig in either a white or bluegill
pattern. Again depending
on the water clarity will dictate whether I use a B-Fish-N Tackle
K-Grub that contrasts the jig or complements it.
establishing where the bass are located on that tree line, I will slow
down and try to get a few more key bites out of that area.
Using a flipping presentation allows an angler to drop that
bait right in front of the fish’s mouth.
That is why it is important to note where you are getting your
bites along the trees, are the bass sitting behind, in front, or on
the down current side? Flipping
a wide variety of baits will work and everyone has their favorite.
Mine in the spring is a black and blue jig, followed by tubes
and lastly creature type baits. Last
season I began using Nitro fish gravy on my jigs and plastics when I
was flipping them, I think this helped me boat more fish.
other area that I like to target is what I call funneling areas.
These areas can be composed up of many things.
What I tend to find our areas that our congregating the bass in
a specific location. This
could be a chute that the water is coming out of or a pile of lay
downs that are dictating the flow of the water as it falls.
What either of these forms of cover provide is an exit point
for the fish to move out of an area and it helps keep them in a
central location that they will stack up in, this of course is very
beneficial to us as anglers.
sub-factors that affect these funneling areas are wind, current and
bait fish. I will look for
areas that have the wind or current pushing the baitfish into an area
that the bass are pulling out of.
This is a prime example, of where by dialing in all the factors
on the water; you can really load the boat.
on the type of cover that makes up this area, will dictate what lure
and presentation to go with. If
you can get away with throwing a crankbait, then that would be a good
choice. Lures such as the
Yo-Zuri Rattl’N Vibe are great lures that mimic a baitfish and have
loud rattles that will call the bass in.
If the cover is denser, then a spinnerbait or swimming jig will
presentation, that I have done well with in these areas are soft
plastic jerkbaits, such as the Gambler Flappn Shad and Ace.
On one occasion in June, as the
examining the water and all the factors that affect how the bass
position themselves on the cover will help you catch more bass this
spring as your favorite river retreats back into its confines.