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5 Summer Fishing Tips for Bigger Largemouth Bass

5 Summer Fishing Tips for Bigger Largemouth Bass

By Debbie Hanson

Jun 16, 2020

Helpful summer fishing tips for catching bigger bass during warm weather months. Five key tips for finding fish using water temperature, shade, techniques

Now is the perfect time to pick up a few key summer fishing tips so that you can maximize your time on the water. Big bass are often easier to locate during the spring months when they move into shallower waters, but summer also presents plenty of opportunities if you know how and where to fish.

These five summer bass fishing tips can help you boost your chances of finding bigger largemouth in local lakes and ponds during the warmest months of the year.

  1. Find the shade. Docks, submerged timber, weedbeds, drop-offs, and ledges will provide shade as well as prime ambush territory for big bass. One of the summer bass fishing tips you can consider is casting a wacky rigged soft plastic worm or chatterbait around shady areas and shadow lines.
  2. The best summer bass fishing patterns often involve focusing your efforts on flooded river or creek channels associated with lakes and ponds. As water temperatures rise, these river or creek channels will offer some of the coolest stretches of water.
  3. Look for spring holes. If you can locate spring holes on the lake floor, chances are good that you'll find a fair number of fish near the associated cooler pockets of water. In other words, when precipitation cools through the ground, and then emerges through submerged rocks or creekbeds, largemouth bass are often nearby.
  4. Fish early or late. One of the key bass fishing tips to remember during the summer months is to fish the cooler hours of the day during low light conditions at dawn or dusk whenever possible. Plan your trips around the best times to fish by taking weather conditions and temperatures into consideration.
  5. Since deeper lake and river waters will be the best places for summer fly fishing opportunities as well, it will be a major benefit if you learn how to use sinking fly lines with streamers. This way, you can work your fly around any type of structure near the bottom.

Buy your freshwater fishing license, and then find a nearby lake or pond to apply these summer fishing tips.

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.