This informative guide includes some of Texas’ finest largemouth, smallmouth, and striped bass destinations and will give you information on the best times of year to target these species.
Largemouth bass will spawn sometime during April and June, depending on their geographical distribution. They typically spawn in water temperatures of 65 to 75F and near-shore areas with a depth between 1 and 4 feet.
While the average size of the largemouth bass is between 13 and 20 inches and 1 and 5 pounds, they can reach a maximum length of about 30 inches and a weight of a little over 20lb. A largemouth of 8lb or more is considered a trophy fish in most states.
Can bass and catfish actually coexist? Do they eat the same prey? Do they eat each other? And which of the two species is the stronger fighter on the rod? The answers to all of these questions will be presented in this article on the interesting topic of bass vs. catfish.
For bass fishing per se, you don’t need to use a wire leader, as their teeth do not manage to cut through fluorocarbon line. But in waters that hold a lot of pike or musky, using a thinner wire leader of 10-12lb can reduce the risk of getting bite-offs significantly.
Natural looking lures, such as jigs, senkos, craws or shad-like swimbaits, should be your first choice when fishing for largemouth bass in clear water. The absolute best lure colors for clear water conditions are green, brown and shad