Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips

  1. Largemouth bass are much more bottom-oriented than smallmouth or spotted bass. No matter the depth of the water, largemouth bass will typically be holding close to the bottom. So when targeting largemouth, bottom contact baits tend to work the best.
  2. Largemouths tend to be loner fish that establish a territory around cover. This means if you catch a largemouth by a small tree stump there likely isn’t another holding by the same stump. This is the opposite of spotted and smallmouth bass which tend to school up. Knowing this can speed up your ability to develop an effective pattern.
  3. Largemouth are the most cover-oriented bass species. They love to hold cover, no matter what it is. Smallmouth and spotted bass both tend to roam much more than largmouths.
  4. Largemouth respond more positively to reaction baits than spotted or smallmouth bass. This means the action you present is much more important when targeting largemouth bass. They are much more likely to bite when there is erratic movement.
  5. Largemouth bass are drawn to more natural colors like greens, blacks, browns. They are far less interested in crazy bright colors like chartreuses, oranges, or pink that spotted or smallmouth bass might be drawn to.