July 16, 2016

Hot Summer Bass Fishing Tips

Hot Summer Bass Fishing Tips

Summertime Bassing!

Hot Summer Bass Fishing Tips
Time to go deep for those big bass!

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


Hot Summer Bass Fishing Tips
All “bundled up” in my waders

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.

1. Crankbaits

Summertime lures for bass
Top to bottom, right: Frog, spinnerbait, PopR
Top to bottom, left: Deep diving crankbait, Medium crankbait, shallow crankbait

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.

Highland Lake, Andover, NH
I rowed 45 minutes to get from the put-in to Highland Lake to just past the island shown on the map, which is where the smallmouth were

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!

Shallow depth

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.

Largemouth bass
A small largemouth from Hawkins pond

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!

2. Spinnerbait

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!

3. PopR

Here’s the PopR I used at Highland Lake

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:

  • Larger,
  • 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.

2. Frog

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.”

Tight lines!

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Yet another quality post! You make fishing very entertaining Roger. I loved that this was your detailed experience. Every article of yours is actually useful, even to non-fishers. I’m running out of excuses to stay in the non-fisher category though.

    My favorite part was of course your lure results. Lures are the most appealing aspect of fishing for me, and it’s only a matter of time till I buy one. Do you happen to have a post on lure terminology? It would be useful to know exactly what all those cool names define. What makes the Spinnerbait so good? You seem to like that one the most!

    Again, thanks for the post Roger! Nice catches too!

    • Thanks Mohammad Makki!

      I’ll have to create a terminology post. It’s a great idea! When I’m reading posts on bass tactics, I’ll see a term like “brush hog,” then go to BassPro Shops and search “brush hog,” only to discover I actually have and use that bait!

      And I do love spinnerbaits. I find them so much fun to use. I’ve got a spinnerbait that I used in California! I need to try and sharpen the hook and see if it will still catch bass!

      What makes spinnerbaits so great is they are just so exciting. You pull them back to you and then, WHAM! Fish on!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Thank you for your tips and techniques! My hubs and his buddies LOVE to fish as often as they can, despite the heat!! I am bookmarking your site so I can email your link to them. I really think they will find it useful!

    • Thanks Rachel!

      Tell you “hubs and his buddies” they are welcome to join the ranks of “BassHoles.” Admission is free! And we always manage to have fun!

      Glad I could be of use, and please tell them to feel free to share their fishing adventures here and let us learn from their wise moves!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Interesting article about fishing bass, especially about the baits you used and which went more and less successful with your trips.
    I live in Germany and we have quite a few different basses in the Northsea, like the redfish or the so called goldfinny, that’s at least what we call in German a bass too.
    Unfortunately I won’t be able to go fishing in North America in the near future, but still I’d love to know what kind of different basses you’re fishing there?

    • Thanks Kevin!

      I loved your informative report about the bass you have there in Germany. I wish you continued success with those and any other fish you may try to catch!

      The bass I fish for here are two types: largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass get much bigger than smallmouth. The record for largemouth is 22 pounds, 4 ounces; while the record for smallmouth is 11 pounds, 15 ounces. So the record largemouth is nearly twice as large as the record smallmouth.

      However, where I live, the smallmouth I catch tend to be larger than the largemouth. The largemouth I catch are mostly the males, and they are usually smaller. I have caught a few large female largemouth, but all the smallmouth I catch tend to be in the 2 to 3 pound range (or a bit larger).

      And smallmouth are great fighters! I love catching them! But of course I love catching both. Smallmouth tend to jump, while largemouth tend to dive. Check out my next post for a “hidden” largemouth.

      Thanks for the report on German Bass!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Roger, I absolutely love reading your articles! Not only is your information top-notch, but your sense of humor is fun. I really enjoyed your video today and your willingness to laugh at yourself and share in your fun is definitely infectious and will keep me coming back to you for more! I look forward to hearing about your future fishing adventures!

    • Thank you so much Sue Lee!

      Yes, I love to sprinkle in some humor, as well as sound and useful advice.

      I mean, let’s remember what I’m doing here: I’m spending money on gear, studying techniques and tactics, and hauling myself all over lakes in New Hampshire just to be able to catch some fish — and then let them go! If you can’t see the humor in that entire scenario, well, then maybe you need to have your funny bone examined!

      And thrilled that you enjoyed the video, which has the very mix that I referenced above.

      I’ll keep you posted!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Great tips and very informative! I loved fishing also, once in awhile me and my friends do fishing back in the Philippines. Mostly the tips you have given here I apply also. So, I believed all those tips are working awesome to catch some fish. I highly recommend all the technique and tips you’ve given here. Well done! Thanks for sharing!


    • Thanks Eric!

      Great to hear you’ve used these techniques and had success. What kind of fish are you catching? Is this fresh or salt water, or both?

      Thanks for the kind words and glad you enjoyed the post.

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • This article was very enjoyable. My husband is a HUGE bass man. 🙂 We relocated here to Tennessee last year, but my hubby would tell you the best fishing was in Nebraska.

    He loves large mouth fishing. Issue is, the ponds and lakes that he fishes here seem to be mostly spotted. They don’t like his “tried and true”. So he’s currently adjusting his technique.

    What works for him here in Tennessee is wacky worms, texas rig and lizards. In the evenings when the water is like glass, he throws his favorite lure – the floating rapala.

    What doesn’t work is the pop-r, buzz baits or crankbaits. He’s had some minor luck with the spinner, but nothing to write home about.

    I always give him good luck so I went out last week and picked out a ton of new lures for him to use. He’s hoping my good luck (and choices) will rub off and improve his Tennessee fishing skills. 🙂

    I really enjoyed reading your article. I’ll have to share this site with my husband.

    • Thanks Sheila!

      And thank you for your detailed report of bass fishing in Tennessee. I would have thought Tennessee would have some awesome bass fishing. And I had no idea Nebraska had such good fishing!

      Wacky worms work pretty much anywhere, as well as texas rigs and lizards. They are all types of “finesse” techniques. Pop-Rs, buzz baits, and crankbaits are more “power” lures. So maybe the bass he’s fishing here are more “pressured,” meaning there are more fishermen fishing for them.

      And of course the floating Rapala is a classic.

      I hope your husband enjoys the site, and I’d love to learn more about his learning how to fish in a new area.

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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