Bass is a common name for many food fishes, not corresponding to any particular scientific classification. In the United States, there are 9 genera and 30 species of fish referred to as ‘bass’ and ‘sunfish.’ Calico bass is found from the Great Lakes to Florida; largemouth bass are found through the central United States.
Largemouth bass have a reputation for biting o–well, just about almost anything. They can be caught on minnows, worms, or other live bait; poppers or streamers presented with a fly rod, or bogs thrown form a casting or spinning rod. The best fishing times are early in the morning or in the evening during warm months; bass like warm water.
Smallmouth bass are associated with rocky streams or lakes where their favorite food, crayfish, abounds. Plan to fish during June during and after the spawning season, and in early fall. In terms of natural bait, smallmouth bass like hellgrammites, dragonfly larvae, and crayfish. But make sure you check your local regulations, since it is illegal in many places to possess live crayfish while fishing. If you’re using artificial baits, choose light tackle that stay on the surface, fish quietly, cast toward rocks and logs, and expect a fight.
If you could only use one lure, which would it be? Would you choose a worm, spinnerbait, top water, or something else? Spinnerbait, a great lure for bass, looks like a safety pin. This wire lure has one or more spinner blades on one end, and a weight, a skirt–and a hidden hook–on the other. Fishermen use spinnerbait when they’re fishing around structures such as piers or stumps. A spinner, on its lonesome, has blades that rotate around this weighted-body treble-hook lure’s straight shaft. For some, the obvious choice is crankbait. A crankbait fishes anywhere; in top, and all the way to the bottom.