Tip of the Week 46

As the water temperature begins to warm up and the weather continues to get nicer, bass will tend to find whatever they can to get out of the scorching sun. One of their favorite places to go is lily pads. Lily pads are prime bass habitat because they provide ample shade and also release extra oxygen into the water. In order to catch these bass, I suggest that you always start by fishing the edges of the lilies with a baitfish imitator (swimbait, spinnerbait, jerkbait, etc.). Bass will tend to be around the edges because it allows them to enjoy the benefits of the lilies and still be able to ambush passing baitfish. After you’ve tried this, you can move on to fishing the interior of the lilies. I suggest using jigs or weedless plastics and pitching it to holes in the lilies. If all else fails, then you can always fall back onto a weedless topwater frog, but be sure to hold on because frogs can produce some of the most exciting strikes that you’ll ever get.

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