Shallow Bass Fishing

June 6, 2011 by  

by Bob Jensen

The month of June provides some of the best fishing of the year in many areas of the Midwest. One style of fishing that is popular and productive is chasing largemouth bass in shallow water. When the bass are done spawning, they’ll hang around the shallows for awhile. The females take a few days to recuperate from the spawn, but the males will start biting almost right away, and the females will go on the bite soon also. This shallow water action is fun, exciting, visual, in short, it’s just a good thing that most anglers will enjoy. Here’s how you can get in on the action.

When fishing in shallow water, it’s really important to keep quiet. Fish of most species can be pretty spooky in the shallows, and largemouth bass are no different. You just can’t be making a lot of noise when fishing the shallows if you want to take full advantage of this opportunity.

The bass will be near the areas where the spawn occurred. Shallow water cover is necessary to hold numbers of bass. That cover could be boat docks, trees lying in the water, pads, or reeds. The bass will be moving around quite a bit, but they’ll almost always be near cover.

There are several ways to catch largemouth bass in shallow water. Spinnerbaits, swimming jigs, topwaters, weedless spoons, and buzzbaits will all get bass to bite. So will soft baits. If limited to a couple of presentations though, many bassers would select a spinnerbait, a swimming jig, soft bait, or a combination of the three.

A spinnerbait will enable an angler to cover water quickly. Select a spinnerbait that uses hardware that allows the blade to turn at slow speeds. We’re going to be employing a straight retrieve, but will allow the spinnerbait to flutter anytime it’s near cover. An easy turning blade is necessary to “flutter” the bait. A Pro-Series Reed-Runner spinnerbait fits the bill perfectly. Add a four inch Power Grub for more fish appeal.

A swimming jig will be fished very similarly to the spinnerbait, it just allows for a more subtle presentation. It’s not as flashy as the spinnerbait, but in some situations it’s more effective. A Jungle Jig with a four inch Power Grub is a great swimming jig combination.

Soft bait will sometimes do the job when nothing else will. A Power Bait or Gulp! Jerk Shad is very good in many situations. So is the Gulp! Alive Crazy Legs Jerk Shad. The five inch size is a good choice most of the time. White is an easy color for the angler to see as the bait is being retrieved. Rig it weedless. Work it with a jerking motion, but give the bait plenty of time to glide.

Another good soft bait rigging is wacky style. To rig wacky style, the hook is inserted through the middle of a PowerBait Wacky Worm or Shaky Worm. Throw it around cover.

You’ll want to make long casts to prevent spooking. Many anglers like superline, as it provides great hooksets when long casts are employed. 30/8 or heavier FireLine Tracer Braid would be a good choice. Don’t go too light. You’ll need heavy line to get that bruiser bass coming in your direction when it bites. And, if you keep quiet and put your bait where a bruiser lives, you will get bit. June is a great month for shallow water bass action, discover that for yourself soon.

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