Hello sir,I have a question regarding kayak fishing for largemouth regarding where to target them. I know some times bass can be quite productive in shallow cover, other times the pads and emergent vegetation seems to not produce and I have to go out deeper 6-12 ish feet submerged weeds, my question is are there any indicators of which technique is more likely to produce bass based on like conditions or lake features, assuming it’s a new lake or one you haven’t fished in a few weeks. I ask because being a kayak fisherman, it takes more time than a boat to have to row from the pads areas out to weed beds or vice versa if I get it wrong initially. Is there any way to make an educated guess so I don’t have to do as much rowing or is trial and error the only way?Thanks Italo

Posted on August 12th, 2023

Hi George,  great question. My strategy whether I’m fishing Largemouth Bass either from a kayak or a boat is based much on the time of day. Largemouth bass tend to do most of their cruising early and late in the da searching for prey. If I fish early I fish areas just off weeds and fish quickly either casting a spinnerbait, a crankbait, or a twitch-bait. If I am fishing later in the day I know that largemouth’s like to sit under cover to ambush prey. That cover could be “slop” (up-rooted aquatic vegetation), that has been dislodged by the wind/waves and stacked up to form a “matt”, “blow-down” (shoreline trees that have fallen in the water), or dense areas of lily pads, or dense areas of weeds like coontail or milfoil where they are sitting in pockets inside the thick weeds. In that case my go-to presentation is fishing a Texas-rigged plastic worm or a flippin’jig. I fish slower and try and hit any sport where I think a largemouth might be holding under….God bless you.

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