Summer Kayak Bass Fishing Tips

Summer is main-lake time. Bass migrate back onto the main body of water, where they hang around channel-oriented structures: humps, points, drop-offs, ledges, etc. Your best bet in the first part of this phase is a slow tapering point at the mouth of a spawning cove.

In summer, light penetration is a major factor in determining bass depth. Bass will hold at the lower end of the light penetration spectrum, where they can still see adequately but remain concealed from their prey. In extremely hot water, bass avoid overstressing themselves by holding or suspending near cover or a drop-off for long periods, then feeding in short, aggressive bursts.

Rivers and river-run reservoirs are especially good in summer; they stay cooler longer and have sufficient dissolved oxygen from top to bottom. Smallmouth will be right in the current, often behind a rock or stump; largemouth favor slack water close to some flow. Once current picks up, they focus in tight groups and often move shallower to feed.

Don't get stuck in your usual routine of fishing shallows all summer. It's hot, we feel it, the fish feel it - they're looking to cool off, so go a bit deeper in the lake than you would usually, follow the shade lines around on the river, find those channels and drop-offs and give them something to bite. Get out there!

-Matt Charette,
Vibe Pro Fishing Team

3 comments

  1. Tony 08/02/2017 at 14:32 PM

    Since around the beginning of July this year I have been fishing a smaller but somewhat deeper lake and I
    found the bass are in deeper water, most of the ones I have been catching have been in the middle of the lake
    in 16 feet(the max depth of this lake is 18 feet) in June after the spawn on this lake the bass hung around the
    spawning grounds I got a lot from shore, as the post spawn got later and later the number I was catching from
    shore dwindled and I then started kayak fishing with a cheap Menards Kayak :-) (looking to upgrade in the
    spring or late fall to something like a Sea Ghost 110)

    On smaller ponds with less depth the water is so warm now the bass are super sluggish and finicky and I think
    they just sit under the weeds all the time and barely move, probably due to the lower oxygen in these shallow
    retention type ponds.

ANY THOUGHTS?