Finally, Summer begins!!! Fish are on the bank, this month, and are easy to find and catch! Table Rock and Bull Shoals are such big lakes! As water warms up, bass move into the coves, often hugging the bank, as they journey to their spawning beds.
Lake surface temperatures can be an indicator of when the bass spawn will peak. Some bass have not spawned yet, and others are already in post spawn. Early in the post spawn period, bass often move into deeper water close to their spawning beds, and stay for a few weeks. If there are no fish on the beds, move back off the shore, since it is easy to spook bass, during this time, and a boat in position to cast to the bank, is often right over the post spawn holding lie.
Almost any bait imaginable is working now! Some baits are so hot this month, that every cast will result in trailing fish! The hottest bait changes week to week. Ask a fishing associate what bait is the hottest right now!
Warm rain will drive the fish into the very back of the coves, as they seek bait fish and craw fish that are moving in the same direction. Square billed, shallow running, crank baits, are working, as the fish move into the shallows. On any windy, rainy day, try a spinner bait.
Top water hard and soft baits will work this month, as will wake and swim baits. Ask an associate to help you find the right baits for the day you are going out. All finesse baits, such as shaky head jigs, finesse Carolina rigs, Texas rigged short worms and lizards, are now working.
A word about top water baits!
Try fishing either from dawn to 30 minutes after sunrise, or the last hour of sunlight in the evening. At these times, bass move onto flats, and top water action picks up. “Walking the dog,” is a way of retrieving a top water bait, to attract more bites. Ask an associate about this method, and ask about add on feathered trebles, and other ways to enhance your top water offering.
There is a jig bite now. Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom. A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock. It is hard to fish this bait too slowly. Right now, bass are at all levels, looking for the most comfortable mix of oxygen and temperature they can find, from 2-35ft. Look for them, especially off or next to, main lake and secondary points. Try a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round or football head jig, brown, peanut butter and jelly, or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple. Add scent to your jigs. The jig bite really comes on, as the water warms up. As bass patrol the lake points, looking for a meal, there is an interest in crawfish! Remember, fish this bait slowly! Also try light weight shaky head jigs, especially when a front is moving into the area.
Try fishing a drop shot rig, vertically. Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is. This technique works well, on fish suspended on the sides of main lake points. You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.
They are out there!!!
Good Luck and Good Fishing!