Early summer bass strategies

As we continue to adapt and struggle with our very late spring, it is no wonder the largemouth and smallmouth bass are just as confused as we are.

The lingering cold water temperatures, lack of emerging weeds and goofy bass patterns have made for a very frustrating early fishing period. As we head into summer, we anglers must adapt to the situation and keep an open mind as Mother Nature is slowly correcting things. Until then, improvise.

Bass variations

I have found largemouth bass and many smallmouth in various stages recently from trying to spawn on their beds to fish as deep as 27 feet. This means bass don’t always do the same thing at the same time.

Many false spawning runs have occurred because of the cold water temperatures meaning some have abandoned the spawn while a few have been successful. Because of this inconsistent behavior trying to pattern these fish has been difficult.

The good news is that the fish are still there and we as anglers must figure out how to catch them.

Emerging weed growth

The lack of emerging weed growth has been a huge issue this spring and now going into early summer. The retarded growth has kept many bass away from their traditional spots and they have had to adapt to non-cover areas such as very deep water or very shallow on milfoil shoreline edges.

As of this writing I have witnessed a few lakes where the weeds are just starting to rise maybe a foot or so off the bottom. This is totally off-the-charts goofy for this late in June.

My best success this early summer is sort of a hit and miss pattern.

When I come across some green weeds accidentally by casting crankbaits, I quickly re-rig and go back and thoroughly work the area. If you are lucky enough to find just a small patch of somewhat mature green weeds the game fish will be stacked in there because they have such few options.

The good news is that Mother Nature will correct this and the warmer weather recently should spur the needed weed growth and we should catch up shortly. When we get the traditional weed growth expect the bass to be back on their normal patterns which is right smack on those weed edges.

Working the docks

In a nutshell, casting or pitching shoreline docks has been consistent for years no matter what the conditions happen to be.

As long as we are awaiting the needed weed growth concentrate your efforts on shoreline docks especially those docks that have deep water underneath. This has been a solid pattern for me this spring while every other pattern has been inconsistent. If you have six to 10 feet below those docks, those are the one’s to concentrate on. Shallow water below in depths of two to six feet are rarely good.