Largemouth Bass by nature are creatures of habit and are often drawn to the same structure and underwater features in any lake
The larger bass will key in on the better sections of a pond or lake and become quite territorial about their hot-spots and so the pecking order will follow down the ranks to where the smaller fish are in the less productive spots of a dam. Knowing where to look for the larger specimens, could turn an unproductive day or even a day of many small fish into a great day.
Any long, short, wide, narrow, steep or sloping point that juts out into a lake is likely to hold bass. Such points rimmed by shallow to moderately deep water that has any kind of structure (tree snags, fallen logs, stumps, rocks, weeds, etc.) is an especially great place to cast flies such as Eel Worms Streamers, Calcasieu Pig Boats, baitfish imitations and even top-water bugs such as Poppers and Gurglers. From August to November, depending on the geographical location of the dam in South Africa, feisty, fly-smashing largemouths will often spawn around such points and attack any critter that dares to pass close or through the nest. During Spring through Summer and often into Autumn one will also find the bass cruising the shallows and working the cover for baitfish, insects and other foods.
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2Stream inlets and channels: Hungry bass often hunt near the mouths of in flowing streams, which concentrate minnows, crustaceans and insects. Casting flies at such spots during early morning and late in the afternoon most often should meet with success. When the sun rises and starts to warm the water during the summer months, move further out into the lake or pond and fish for the bass finning in and around deep river channels that one can locate using either old topographical maps, charts and even electronics. Channel bends are especially good spots to work jigs fly patterns such as Pfeifer’s Flying Jig and Pig, weighted Minnow patterns and other flies that get down and stay down are also effective in the deeper waters. Takes are subtle especially on a sinking line, often the take will feel like the line just gets slightly heavier, strike when in doubt you will often be surprised at a fish pulling back at the other end.
3Sunken roads: Check maps, charts and electronics for asphalt and gravel roads that were sub-merged when an impoundment was built. Flooded roads and accompanying ditches and bridges concentrate both baitfish and predatory bass. Biologists and bass pros find that largemouths will often cruise along old road beds when moving to and from feeding areas. Try to intercept these road runners with A Dhalberg Diver on a sinking line with a short leader it is often very deadly around such flooded roads, bass just can’t seem to resist the bug floating upwards between strips.
A floating bug on a sinking line, with a short leader has a very seductive action that Largemouth Bass just can’t seem to resist.
4Islands: Any island, and especially one surrounded by humps, gravel bars, drop-offs and the like, is a good place to find bass from spring through fall. Unfortunately most islands in large lakes or ponds are not accessible without a boat or other flotation device to get you within closer range. Drift your craft into position and fan cast bait-fish imitations, such as leech and worm patterns, at spawning or feeding largemouth bass. If there are some overhanging branches try casting a popper underneath or as close as possible and work it back slowly. Largemouth bass know that there is a potential food source in the branches and also are drawn to the shade and cover that the overhanging branches provide.
Next time you get on to your favorite bass pond or dam or even a new water, consider taking the time to scan the water and identify the most likely looking hot-spots, you might not catch a string of small bass, but you just might hook into that one special fish of the day.