Many bass fishermen wonder when the best time to fish for bass is and when I hear this question I often think to myself, “whenever I can, what are you talking about?”, but the truth of the natter is that there are certain times that are better for bass fishing than others. In this article I will outline some of these reasons so that you can use this information to help you to determine when to fish on the particular day that you are heading out in search of some bass.
The first thing that we need to discuss is the season. The season that you are fishing in plays a role in when to fish or more to the point when the fishing is most likely to be productive. Early spring (otherwise known as the pre-spawn) is arguably the easiest time of the year to catch bass, especially largemouth bass. Bass move out of deep water when water temperatures climb above 45 degrees and hungry bass can be very vulnerable when this temperature change occurs. After the bass spawn in the late spring, early summer, they become much more difficult to catch. This time of the year is often called the post-spawn.
The summer and winter are both the most difficult seasons for bass fishing, although bass can obviously still be caught during these seasons. Which leaves us with the fall. The fall of the year, is known by many as the best time to fish for bass, if “trophy” sized bass are what you are after. As water temperatures cool down to the 70’s and then the 60’s as the weather changes, bass begin to become very active again. River channels, shallow structure, and any green weeds that you can find are all good area’s to target in the fall of the year.
Any article concerning the best time to fish has to include the force of Nature known as the moon. The moon has an impact on the best time to fish for bass because it plays a role in whether or not bass will be actively feeding, believe it or not. Without getting totally involved, there are two things that you need to concern yourself with when it comes to the moon and bass fishing. The moon rise and set and the phase that the moon is in when you are fishing. Whenever possible, try to focus your bass fishing efforts on the new moon phase as well as the moon rise and or set. Bass tend to be more active (and thus feeding) when any of these things is taking place. In case you need to know when the moon will be rising and setting for a particular day, simply do an internet search for the term ‘moon rise’ and you’ll get all the free info that you need.
While this information isn’t the be all end all to determining the absolute best time to fish for bass, it will help you to be on the water at more opportune times that you might have otherwise. The rules have worked well for me for many years and without a doubt help me to figure out when to fish anytime that I’m hitting the water to catch a few bass.