3 Bass Fishing Lake Factors

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Andy Whitcomb

The largemouth bass is an extremely popular “sport fish”. It usually grows to 3 to 5 pounds and can exceed 10 pounds. It will hit a variety of baits and fight a good fight with it jumping often. There are also basses in each state and in different bodies of water. However, the best lakes for bass fishing seem to have similar characteristics.

1. Habitat. When looking for the best lakes to fish for bass, any experienced bass angler will tell you that bass loves the aquatic structure. If you can find vegetation, brush piles, docks, stumps, or rocks, you’ve found the place to fish for bass.

2. Lining. Largemouth bass have no teeth but will swallow any prey that fits in that bucket of mouth. These can be smaller fish, frogs, snakes, or even mice. However, the best lakes for bass fishing tend to have plenty of sunfish, shad and / or crayfish.

3. Spawning areas. The best lakes for bass fishing have many good spawning areas. Basses prefer nesting places made of small gravel without too much silt or vegetation. If the rules for bass harvesting on these types of lakes or reservoirs are carefully managed, little or no additional stocking will be required.

Basses are fairly tolerant of a variety of sea conditions such as turbidity, depth, temperature, and size. Bassmaster annually compiles a list of the best bass fishing lakes. This list is constantly changing as the lakes fluctuate regularly. But the best lakes to fish for bass consistently feature many of these three factors in some form or another. What is your best bass fishing lake? And did you use your renewed fishing license for bass earlier this year?

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.