Use Temperatures To Find Best Bass Fishing Year Round

By on April 5, 2016
Jeff Elliott holds up a nice bass caught with a single-tailed grub bait. (Credit: Jeff Elliott)

You can break down the best time of year to catch a bass by season, but a far more accurate way to do it would be to use temperatures. That’s because seasons, though they are typically known by a certain type of weather, are not very predictable. For example, it is currently spring, but there have been reports of snow in the Northeast U.S.

So how do you get around the fickleness of Mother Nature to pinpoint the best times to catch bass? Focus on the temperatures. When daytime water temperatures are below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s a good bet that bass will be lethargic. When they get above 50 degrees, the fish start to move more toward the shallows in preparation for the spawn.

During that pre-spawn period, when temperatures are anywhere from 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, pay attention to weather changes as cold fronts can really mess up the bite by driving fish away from the shallows back toward deeper water. This is similar to what they do during the post-spawn, at around 70 to 80 degrees, when big females move back toward deeper waters but also hang in the shallows for a little while to feed.

What’s your favorite temperature for catching bass? Is the weather or the season more important? Please consider leaving a comment to share your thoughts!

Top image: Jeff Elliott holds up a nice bass caught with a single-tailed grub bait. (Credit: Jeff Elliott)

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