There are quite a lot of people who ask,
"When is the best possible time to fish?" This is where pattern
fishing comes in handy. There always seems to be some days when the
fishing is great, and others when fishing is not-so-great. So how do
we know when the fishing is fair or excellent and how come some
fishermen seem to only be fishing on the days when bass are actively
Many avid anglers keep mental notes about their surroundings when
they are fishing. This can make them amazing anglers if they use
their knowledge correctly. The trick is to keep knowledge of Weather
Patterns, Time of Day, and Cover/Structural Patterns.
For the Weather patterns keep track of, what else, the weather. Most
people know that fishing for bass is better on overcast days than
bright sunny days. This is a real basic pattern that fishermen tend
to pick up on early, but how about wind? I have found a slight chop
in the surface can turn on bass while no wind or heavy wind turns
them off. During a cold front bass become sluggish and are sent
deeper than usual. Does rain trigger bass into feeding, or turn them
right off? Rain seems to trigger bass into feeding heavily, with
rain comes clouds, and the clouds block out sunlight and since
largemouth bass are light sensitive, this allows them to creep away
from their cover a bit. And with rain, bugs wash into the water and
the baitfish go and gather most of them up. Well this activity
arouses the bass and comes in for a closer look only to see some
potential food swimming around. The bass obviously can't pass up
this free meal, so all of a sudden the predator fish become active.
But a thunderstorm or heavy rain may quickly change the fish's mind
and head it straight back to its heavy cover and become even more
spooky than before.
The time of day an angler hits the water can be very important. Bass
tend to be more willing to follow and strike a lure during low light
periods. This means early morning and late evening fishing can be
So we know when to fish, now, where do we fish? Points and humps
have always been favourites to fishermen. The only problem with
these are that they can be difficult to find without a fish finder.
If you do find them, fish the shady side first. In early morning and
late evening fish hang around the top/shallow part of the humps and
points. By midday they have all mostly dropped deeper down the side
of the point or the hump.
These were some basic patterns, and there is definitely more than
just these. But you have to find them for yourself, because many
other, more subtle patterns change from month to month and lake to
lake. Keep track of these patterns and next time you go out angling
with your friends, you may surprise them.