Fly Fishing For Largemouth Bass
Fly Fishing for largemouth bass can be as much fun as fly fishing for any fish
species that exist. It's one of the most available and plentiful species of fish there
is. Largemouth bass are found throughout the nation. Although it doesn't apply
specifically to fly fishing, fishing for largemouth bass is the number on most
popular fishing sport in the nation. Catching a seven or eight pound largemouth
bass on a 7 or 8 weight fly rod is something you'll never forget.
Fly fishing for largemouth bass has grown in popularity during the past few years.
More and more anglers that fly fish for trout and smallmouth bass are learning
the largemouth bass provides just as much fun. Lakes and streams that have
good populations of largemouth bass are plentiful throughout the nation. Nothing
beats the excitement of seeing a big largemouth take a noisy popping bug from
the surface of the water in a calm lake or pond. They will explode on flies like no
Spring is probably the best time of the year to go fly fishing for largemouth bass.
Fall can be good too, but Spring is tops in most areas of the nation. It depends
on the part of the country your fishing in. The middle of the Summer is a perfect
time to fly fish for largemouth bass in the northern states and Canada.
Much of the fun of catching largemouth bass on the fly has to do with the
spawning season. Even in large reservoirs and lakes, largemouth bass will spawn
in shallow water. Although it's controversial in many areas of the country, sight
fishing for large, spawning bass is a favorite of many fly anglers.
It depends of the area of the country but in general, largemouth bass start
feeding in the shallows during the month of April. In south Florida lakes, this
happens in January. In the north part of the nation, this happens in June. Once
the water temperatures reach about sixty degrees, largemouth bass will start
moving into the shallows to feed.
In most larger size lakes, largemouth bass are usually found from three to six feet
deep, but again, it depends on the lake and clarity of the water. In clear water
they are often found in deep water up to ten feet and deeper but they will still
feed on or near the surface during low light conditions. When your fishing for
bass in deeper water, it's usually best to use an intermediate sinking fly line and
In most farm ponds, during much of the year, bass can be found in shallower
water, averaging less than three feet. They will take shallow running imitations of
baitfish, minnows, snakes and frogs anytime the water temperature is above the
In larger lakes and ponds, fly fishing can be tough during the hot summer when
the largemouth bass are holding in deeper water. You can use sinking lines and
still catch them if you can find them, but it requires a little more skill and effort.
During the Fall when the water begins to cool off in the shallows, the largemouth
will return to the shallow areas of the lake as well as the shallow water in a river
where they can again be caught on flies on or near the surface.
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