Spotted Bass

Lake Taneycomo

Rainbow and trout are the primary species of fish in the upper part of the lake, closer to the dam.  In the warmer part of the lake, mainly below Rockaway Beach, you can find other species of fish too.  Largemouth bass are the most common bass, however, smallmouth and spotted bass are present as well.  Bluegill, crappie, walleye and white bass can be found in the lake too.

Table Rock Lake

Spotted bass help make the bass fishery on Table Rock Lake flat out awesome.  Spotted bass always seem willing to bite and with so many of them in the lake, it’s a lot easier to catch fish when fishing here.  Most anglers just fish for bass and they will end up catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass.  If you want to target spotted bass exclusively, fish deeper like you would for smallmouth bass.  Learn more on our Table Rock Lake Spotted Bass Fishing page.

Bull Shoals Lake

Spotted bass are also here in good numbers and some quality fish are present as well.  You can usually find spotted bass in deeper water in similar areas that attract smallmouth bass. Use lighter line to entice a bite from these fish and you should be able to catch some bass.  Learn more on our Bull Shoals Lake Spotted Bass Fishing page.

Best Baits for Spotted Bass

Spotted bass can be very aggressive and they will eat a variety of different baits.  Minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches are definitely the best live baits for spotted bass.

When it comes to artificial lures, you have lots of options.  Soft plastic crayfish, twin tail grubs, worms and minnow baits are effective.  Hard baits such as  crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs and spinners also work great.

Best Rigs for Spotted Bass

With so many different soft plastics to use, there are many different rigs that work great for spotted bass.  The drop shot rig, a simple jighead, standup jigheads and scrounger jigheads are some of the best rigs for spotted bass.  To learn more, take a look at our best rigs for spotted bass page.

Best Techniques for Spotted Bass

There are so many different techniques you can use for spotted bass.  Because these fish can be found very shallow, very deep and everywhere in between, there are a variety of techniques you’re going to want to learn to help you catch more bass.  Anglers usually cast for them, but jigging, drop shotting and drifting work great too.

To learn more, take a look at our best techniques for spotted bass page.

Learn More About Spotted Bass

Our spotted bass fishing section has tons of tips on the best lures, live baits, where to catch them and how to catch them.

Visit our spotted bass fishing website to learn more.