August is an excellent month to catch both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass using top-water lures.
Our good friend Michael Kumar has some favorite shorelines fishing spots in the Kawartha Lakes where he can literally walk the shorelines or wade in the water in his shorts and running shoes, cast top-water lures and catch some nice Smallmouth Bass.
Here’s some tips on choosing the right top-water lure based on the surface water conditions;
-flat water/poppers and swimming top-waters with no propellers or rattles (Rapala Skitter Pop, X-Rap Pop, Waking Minnow). Stop and go presentation. Some of the most violent strikes can happen when the lure is resting and the rings disappear.
-chop and rougher water/prop-baits, rattling top-waters, buzz-baits (the more surface commotion they make, the better. Continuous retrieve so bass can track and strike even in larger waves.
The most important hook-up tips I can give you when fishing top-water lures for Bass is; keep a direct line to the lure, even though you see the strike, hesitate for 2-seconds before you set the hook, always feel the fish on before setting the hook.