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How to Find Bass Quickly

The ability to locate bass is one of the biggest skills that set pro anglers apart from weekend warriors. Pros can almost always find fish, it’s just a matter of how long it will take them. On some days it may only take an hour, others it might take them 3 or 4.

In this guide, we are going to go over why people have a hard time locating fish and the steps pros go through in order to find them quickly.

3 Steps Pros Use to Quickly Find Bass

1. Research the area you are going to fish beforehand.

Study a map of the water you will be fishing. Two great resources for this are Google Earth and Navionics. Looking at these resources beforehand will allow you to get a visual of the layout and mentally pre-fish the area.

After getting a visual of the overall layout you want to consider seasonal patterns. The time of year will give you a good idea of what stage the bass are in. This will help narrow down what technique you should try fishing.

There are plenty of resources available nowadays to research and check the current conditions of the water you are planning to fish. With your research, you want to narrow down the area of the lake you will target based on the conditions, time of year, water temperature, water clarity, those kinds of things.

Once you have a good understanding of the layout and narrowed down what techniques to try you can finally consider the current water condition like water temperature, clarity, and weather. With all this information beforehand you will be able to save yourself a lot of time once you’re on the water.

2. Break down large lakes into smaller, more manageable sections.

Once you have an idea of where you think bass will be try to break your target area down even further into smaller sections. Driving all over a large lake can be a major waste of time. Try to focus on a smaller section of the lake until you develop an effective pattern.

A section you might want to start with is a major creek arm of the lake. There will always be a portion of fish that live in a major creek arm. That specific creek arm is now your entire lake. If you think bass will be on rock piles, points, or grass fish those features within your section. This will allow you to quickly test your target areas and techniques without wasting time driving.

Once you find a pattern within one creek arm it is likely to work in other creek arms.

3. Executing Your Game Plan to Develop a Pattern

Once you get out on the water you can start executing your game plan. You do this by trying out the different techniques and areas you have identified beforehand. If you think they might be on points try 4-6 different main and secondary points. If they are biting great, try to replicate that pattern in other areas. If they aren’t biting on those spots move on to plan B.

Next, you might try rocky banks. Again try a few similar areas or techniques for 20-30 minutes each. If you arentKeep working through your game plan until you find a pattern you can replicate. Finding bass is a process of eliminating unproductive water and narrowing down your technique.

This is something you will have to do each time you are on the water. Every day you fish will be different but going through these steps will reduce the time it takes you to find fish and will make you much more successful on the water.

Common Mistake Anglers Make When Trying to Locate Fish

The most common mistake most people make is they will start on one end of the lake and if they don’t catch anything right away they move on to the other end of the lake. This will spread you too thin and will take away time from developing an effective pattern. There will always be a population of fish in each part of the lake. Trust your area selection and keep looking in different sections until you develop a pattern that you will be able to apply to other areas of the body of water.