Hot Summer Bass Fishing Tips
Summer is definitely here, even in New Hampshire! We’re experiencing temperatures up to 90 degrees and beyond. And it’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity!
So I want to share some hot summer bass fishing tips that I’ve discovered through my research.
This encompasses 4 fishing trips for my Fishing Log:
- Hawkins Pond, 7/5, Trip 16, 2 bass
- Webster Lake, 7/6, Trip 17, SKUNKED (0 fish)
- Highland Lake, Andover, 7/11, Trip 18, 2 bass
- Highland Lake, Andover, 7/12, Trip 19, 2 bass
Every day was HOT, HOT, HOT!
While I was fishing on Webster Lake, a couple of young men cruised past me, and one said, “You’re all bundled up for this weather; it’s going to be in the mid 90’s today!” Of course they were both wearing tank-top t-shirts and shorts. Plus, they had no hats.
I was wearing my waders (breathable), nylon pants, long sleeve fishing shirt (with back vent), and my hat. And I was, indeed, hot.
On future trips, I decided to skip the waders, and let my lower legs and feet get wet. It was great! Much more comfortable. So here’s the first tip:
TIP #1: Stay Cool!
- Wear lightweight clothing, or shorts and short-sleeve shirts (but I advise sunscreen!).
- Don’t be afraid to get a bit wet — let the water you’re fishing help cool you down.
- Stay hydrated — remember to keep drinking water to avoid overheating.
Techniques: What Worked
I used a variety of techniques during these trips. Here’s what worked for me.
The Smiling BassHole Shares what worked and what didn’t.
Summer bass are often in deeper water, which is often cooler and more oxygenated. So one type of lure that is great for fishing deep is a crankbait.
I had success with all 3 crankbaits shown at left. How deep or shallow the crankbait dives is determined by the length of the lip (out front): the longer the lip, the deeper it dives.
Deep and Medium Depth
While fishing at Highland Lake, I was searching for the bass, and was just thinking that maybe there were no bass anywhere around my location, when my deep crankbait was hit and I had a nice smallmouth.
I thought I had caught that fish just as the crankbait was diving (so before it got all the way to the bottom), so I put on the medium depth crankbait and caught another.
Since smallmouth are often in schools, I expected to catch a lot more, but no such luck.
Still, I was happy to get a couple bass on a crankbait!
Toward the end of fishing at Hawkins Pond, I first tried my spinnerbait, and got the attention of a bass who ate the lure and got himself pulled up to my Hobie Float Cat.
I had always thought there should be bass there, but this was one of the first times I managed to find one there.
Next I put on the square billed shallow diving crankbait shown above, and threw it right to the edge of vegetation. And bam, another bass!
As mentioned above, my spinnerbait caught a bass in shallow water at the edge of vegetation at Hawkins.
I used it often throughout all 4 trips, but only caught one bass with the spinnerbait. I did get a pickerel at Hawkins, though.
Despite the low number (1), I will continue to try the spinnerbait since it fishes so well through vegetation, and, well, I just love spinnerbaits!
On my second day at Highland Lake, I tried a topwater lure I’ve thrown before, but never caught anything with, the PopR.
Now, this particular PopR was different from the other I’d tried, in that it was:
- Colored as a perch vs. a silver bait fish, and
- Including rattles to make noise.
As I mentioned above, I rowed for 45 minutes to reach the area I had caught some smallmouth the day before. To maximize the use of a PopR, I left earlier than usual, to fish while the sun was still low in the sky. Plus, as an additional advantage, there was fog and clouds to help hide the sun.
On my first catch, as soon as the PopR hit the water, a smallmouth grabbed the lure! And on the third cast, I caught another!
Again, I figured I was in for a lot of smallmouth success, but alas, that was the final bass.
Still, it was fun to catch fish at the very start of my trip, and I hope to have more success there in the future!
So those were the techniques that succeeded and caught me bass. Others were less successful.
Techniques: What Failed
1. Texas Rigged Pegged Senko
My Texas Rigged Pegged Senko failed. The bobber stop I used unraveled! I certainly continued to use the technique to try and “punch through” the vegetation, but it ended up working only as a type of topwater.
I then attempted another of my favorite lures, the frog. I dragged that across the vegetation, but to no avail.
I admit I’m still learning these techniques, and that I’m excited to be able to expand my repertoire.
So please stay tuned while I continue to perfect them, and I’ll report my results in future posts.
Please leave a comment below, and let me know what YOU are YOUR “Hot Summer Bass Fishing Tips.”
Roger, The Smiling BassHole