In response to my question to the Kraken Bass community, “What’s your biggest challenge with bass fishing?” a number of questions received were concerned with how to identify and find what is best to use out on the water. Here is part two of a five part series of posts to help with these questions. This post deals with water temperature, and how the water temperature can effect your choice of techniques and baits to consider. This is stuff which has really helped me when out fishing. Hopefully, it will help keep you “Kraken” bass no matter what you are faced with. Enjoy the post!
Water Temperature Affects on Bass Fishing
Knowing what to use when you get out on the water can be a struggle. Once you figure out a few key factors to look for, you can greatly reduce your stress and have more confidence in what you are using. In the last post on Seasonal Bass Behavior you can help eliminate a lot of techniques by what time of year it is. Another key factor discussed in this post is water temperature affects on bass fishing. Both of these items of water temperature and the season you experiencing can play a key part in the algorithm of finding the right bait to get Kraken Bass!
Bass behave differently depending on the type of water temperature they are residing at. The swing in water temperatures throughout the year play a huge role in knowing what to use. Bass are cold blooded, so their body temperature and habits are often determined by the water they live in.
Another important thing about how water temperature affects bass fishing is that temperature dictates how frequently a bass will need to feed, and how much a bass needs to eat to sustain itself. The colder the water the less the need to eat and feed, and with warmer water bass will need more to eat to sustain themselves. You will find the bass fatter in the winter months, because of how slow their metabolism is in the cold water. In the summer months when water temps are at their highest, you can catch some really skinny looking bass because their metabolic rate is so high.
Water Temperature Affects on Bass Fishing – Bait Selection Guide
Here’s a quick breakdown of typical water temperature ranges, and what styles of baits and techniques seem to work best in these ranges. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but these are some of the things I’ve seen others and myself have success with at these temperatures.
32 – 40 Degrees
This is cold stuff! A Carolina Rig, a small blade bait, or a hair jig can be good options. Think teeny tiny movements, and hope your bait drops right on a bass’s head. It can be tough getting bites in these conditions, but it isn’t impossible. You really need to make sure you have fish in the spot you are fishing. Bass don’t chase things much when things are this cool.
40 – 50 Degrees
Still things are cold at this range, but you might get more bites. Try using lipless cranks ripped up from the bottom to get reaction strikes. Plus, jerkbaits and rubber skirted football jigs can be good options in these cool water conditions. The bass aren’t moving a ton, but still might be enticed to eat a little more. Subtle slow movements is still in vogue for bass at these temperatures.
50 – 60 Degrees
The bass begin moving around more at these temperatures of 50 – 60 degrees, but still are often found tight to the bottom. Try using drop shot’s, shaky head jigs, and subtle swimbaits. Bass will move out to crush these items in these water temps. Some of my best days on the water are in these 50 – 60 degree temperature ranges. These are usually the water temperatures that indicate a swing in seasons for bass, so they are typically eating up to either prepare for the spawn or the winter depending on when you are fishing.
60 – 70 Degrees
Fun times can be had in 60 – 70 degree temperatures. The bass are usually chomping pretty good. Throw moving baits like crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Once you locate fish try pitching and flipping softplastics at them in cover. A wide arsenal of baits will find you bites in these temps. You can be sure bass are needing to eat at these times, so concentrate first on finding them. Then you can use what you like to catch them.
70 – 80+ Degrees
The warmer water temperatures affects on bass fishing makes the bass become super aggressive. This is a good time to bust out your topwater baits. Also, look for bass to hang deep to stay cool. A drop shot, or a heavy swimbait is a good choice to get down there to catch some fish. Bass become super sensitive to the intense sun from these warm days, so target shade or matted vegetation to find them hanging out to ambush their next meal.
Hopefully, you can take this information about the water temperature affects on bass fishing, and use it on your next outing to catch more fish. My first questions I always ask when I hear about someone catching bass is, “What was the water temperature?” Getting clued into the water temperature will help you make better technique and bait selections on the water.
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