Flats


During the spring, largemouth bass will move into the bays, shorelines and shallow flats to spawn.  The areas that have some type of hard bottom will hold more bass.  A combination of sand and rock is tough to beat.  Mix in some weeds and you’ve got a place worth fishing.  Once the spawn is over, largemouth bass will still use the flats, but it tends to be in the early morning, late evening or at night.  Largemouth bass will move onto a flat during these lowlight conditions to feed on bait fish and crayfish, but bass will usually move into deeper water when the sun is out.  The bass that do stay shallow during the day will almost always be near some type of cover like weeds, lily pads or a dock.  Some of the lures that work well on the flats are topwater lures, jigs, tubes, soft plastics, spinnerbaits, shallow-running crankbaits and live bait.


Make Longer Casts

On the flats, bass will usually be spooked easily.  Make longer casts to get bass to bite before your boat gets too close and scares them away.


Keep the Sun Behind You

Pretty simple concept.  Makes it easier for you to see them and harder for the fish to see you.


Go Lighter With Your Lure Choices

Use lighter weights, no weights and try fishing with topwater lures too.  You will usually get plenty of bites in the middle of the water column or on the surface, so don’t just bounce all of your heavier baits on the bottom.  Mix it up and catch more bass.