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Early Summer - Time to Cover Water

Posted by admin on June 8, 2014

Toledo6lber.jpgIn the post-spawn to early summer, this is the time for you power fisherman to get excited and start covering lots of water. The bass are on the move away from spawning area and starting toward their summertime hangouts. The biggest fish are...

... usually sluggish due to being wounded from spawning activities but once they start to fatten up you’ll start to catch those big ones all over the shallows. But overall the bass can be very hard to locate this time of year no matter where you fish in the country.

I’ll always start out with a Picasso Dinn-R-Bell buzzbait, a Lucky Craft 95 Gunfish, and a LC1.5 or 2.5 squarebill (1.5 in the clearer water color usually). With these three lures I’ll run bank with the trolling motor on high starting from the outside cover near the spawning flats and fish out to the secondary points and then out to the first main lake cover (docks, rock piles, points, etc.). You should be able to find fish using this method on most any reservoir in the country.

On natural lakes, don’t overlook the docks this time of year. If your lake has them, post-spawn bass will use them. These are very likely places for bass to ambush fry and bluegill while hiding out until they are fully recovering from the spawn.

I utilize the LC squarebill between the cover mostly and fish it through the hard cover (logs, rocks, etc.).  And don’t be afraid the use a medium to fast retrieve. This setup usually involves an Abu Garcia Revo Premier 6.4:1 reel, a Garcia Vendetta 7’ Medium Action Micro Guide casting rod, and 12 pound Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon line.

The topwaters come into play best in ultra-shallow water and especially out in front of the docks or shoreline cover early in the mornings. Many of the fish will be roaming in 6 to 12 inches of water feeding on fry or they will be suspended two to ten feet away from the cover looking for bluegills. This is especially true while the sun is still low. Once the sun gets up, the fish tuck away into the shallow cover.

This is when I bring out the Berkley Bottom Hopper 6.25” worm on a 1/4oz Picasso Shakedown jighead fished on 12 pound Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon. The Bottom Hopper shakeyhead style bait is awesome once the sun gets up because the fish are finicky this time of year and a lot of times the larger baits don’t get as many bites.

Good luck and God Bless.

James Smiley