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Tips for a beginner bass fisher?

Post By: Rome22462      Posted: 6/13/2020 11:03:47 AM     Points: 0    
Iíve grown up trout fishing all of my life and Iím just now trying to get into some bass fishing, Iíve done a steady amount of research on what rigs to use it what situations, but I really need help with identifying a body of water that will have bass. What key things do I look for in a lake? I am relatively young, and canít afford a boat so I am shore locked, and with all of this covid itís like I picked the worst possible time to get into this! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jun. 13, 11:28:41 AM     Points: 59330    
Welcome to the forum. Being on shore shouldn't impede you. Like many before you, letting us know where you live would help a little. There are many lakes here in CO that support LMB. I recommend starting here [log in for link] this will tell you bodies of water that have them.

 Reply by: Rome22462      Posted: Jun. 13, 11:31:52 AM     Points: 0    
Anglerwannabe, Iím in englewood pretty close to Denver metro. Iíve tried st. vrain, small city ponds, aurora reservoir, cherry creek, and thatís about it Iím in, Iíd say my 2nd week of trying to get into it.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jun. 13, 12:52:32 PM     Points: 57    
Welcome! Targeting bass is so much fun. Look for coverage and start with smaller presentations at first. Bass like "Ambush points" so laydowns, rock walls, and vertical structure are always good places to start when you find some water that has them. Make sure to be patient too! Good luck out there!!
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: Jun. 13, 2:51:47 PM     Points: 25062    
Look at the fish explorer .com logo. Underneath the .com you will see a heading Fish Species. Tap it and the go to the fish you are after. Say largemouth bass. Off to the right of the page will be a listing of bodies of water that hold the fish. See which ones are close to you and ď have at emĒ . This site has a lot to offer , once you figure out how to use it. As a general rule most metro waters will have some bass available . But guys tend to be tight lipped on the ones that have quality fish. Iíll give you one spot you already been to. Bald Eagle at St Vrain holds sone nice fish. But they get a fair amount of pressure, and donít get big by being stupid! Iíve got a few nice ones out of there . But Iíve also had a lot of days of ď casting practice ď (aka skunked) over there too !
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jun. 13, 3:29:37 PM     Points: 59330    
Do you golf? Ever hear the term drive for show putt for dough? No different bass fishing... cranks and jerk baits absolutely catch bass. BUT if you do some research on bass tournaments..... Cranks for Show, Plastics for dough! Look into some ways to use the plastic lures out there. Especially creature baits of which there are tons. One of my favorites is a ZOOM z-hog and also their Horny Toads.
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: Jun. 13, 5:26:20 PM     Points: 1993    
Find a small pond near you that show bass, the free cpw app along with this site will give you plenty of options. Use light gear/finesse techniques and cast a senko style soft plastic worm, wacky or texas rigged into, around or near brush on an offset bass hook. (Don't be afraid to loose gear or you'll be missing out on the beauty of bass fishin'.) If there's bass in there, you'll get bit within a few casts. Move around until you locate them. This time of year, cast horizontal to the shore and you'll get more bites. Lots of fish stay close to shore. If a bass takes it on the drop and runs with it, keep fishing, that means there are multiple fish competing for your bait. Sometimes you can catch 4 or 5 before you have to move on. Pumpkin or green are great colors that seems to produce year round. Smaller, class 4 or 5 ponds with no stocking reports see less fishing pressure and can really produce some decent bass if you put your time in. Good luck and I'd be happy help if you have any other questions.
 Reply by: Rome22462      Posted: Jun. 13, 10:30:01 PM     Points: 0    
Wow! Thank you all for all of the advice! Iím going to try it out and let you know how it goes! Thank you so much!
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jun. 14, 10:02:33 AM     Points: 5235    
One thing that has helped me learn more about Bass fishing than just about anything else is the shows on TV(mostly outdoor channels on cable or Satellite). My best tip comes from Jimmy Houston on plastic worms " any color will work as long as it's blue or black".
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: Jun. 14, 10:56:14 AM     Points: 1993    
Not too old made me think of a series Fishful Thinker did on Bass Fishing a few years back, look it up on youtube, it's good stuff that helps you for our front range lakes. Most of the bass fishing shows are filmed in the South and many of the conditions are different from Bass fishing in CO so some of techniques don't always translate. Chad's series is good and well worth watching if you haven't seen it.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jun. 14, 11:24:35 AM     Points: 8170    
You-tube is your best friend . . . .tip: Watch as many video's as you can and try to narrow your search down to your area of the country. Immatation is the greatest form of flattery . . .
 Reply by: James Woods      Posted: Jun. 14, 4:29:59 PM     Points: 370    
A couple thing I go by:
Grass equals bass.
Dark day dark bait, bright day bright bait.
The colder the water the tighter the wiggle, the warmer the water the wider the wobble.
When finesse fishing always watch your line.
Good luck .
 Reply by: Pauls fishing      Posted: Jun. 17, 5:43:26 PM     Points: 74    
Hey Rome22462 -- Places: Local ponds that have "structure" -- meaning weeds, tree stumps, etc. I also like Quincy Reservoir -- but you'll have to walk along the trail about 10 minutes to get to "weeds near the shore" parts. Plastic Grubs, plastic worms, and plastic Crayfish work well. Best Tip: Use hooks with "Weed Guards", and cast your plastic lure right along the weeds. Have Fun!

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