Leeches work well for largemouth bass.  Most bait shops won’t start getting leeches until late spring or early summer. Leeches work better in water above 50 degrees.  In colder water, leeches will end up rolling into a ball on the hook. Lively leeches are key.  You can fish them on a bobber in the shallows or in deeper water with a variety of different rigs.  Take a look at the videos below to learn some great tips for catching largemouth bass with leeches.

Popular Techniques

Casting to Cover

A drop shot rig or split shot rig and a lively leech can be super effective when casting along weed edges, in weed pockets, around wood or along docks.


When the wind starts to blow, you can drift a lively leech along a drop-off with a lot of success.  Drop shot rigs and Carolina rigs are good rigs for drifting a leech.

Slow Trolling

Slow trolling with live baits is more popular with smallmouth bass fishing, but when largemouth bass go deep, slow trolling can be just as effective.  A drop shot rig or Carolina rig and a lively leech will catch a lot of bass with this technique.

Still Fishing

Still fishing is popular among many anglers who like to use live bait.  Most anglers that still fish will use a bobber or float, but you can also anchor along a drop-off or deeper weed edge and drop a leech down with a jighead or drop shot rig and catch lots of bass too.

Best Live Bait Rigs

A well placed leech under a bobber or slip bobber is one of the better ways to target largemouth bass that are suspended in the water column.

This rig is a great live bait rig.  Most anglers use the Carolina rig when fishing deeper water.

The drop shot rig is an awesome way to fish a lively leech.  Fish it shallow, deep, in open water or around cover and you can have a lot of success.

A simple jighead and leech is one of the easiest ways to target largemouth bass when you are fishing away from heavy cover.  For example, docks, a weed edge, weed pockets and rocky bottoms are good places to fish a jighead without having to worry about getting hung up.

The split shot rig is a great rig when you just need a little extra weight to get your leech down farther through the water column.  Most anglers use this rig when the bass are shallow and it can be super effective.

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