Night fishing can be good for spotted bass, but it isn’t super popular. Because spotted bass are smaller than largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, the demand isn’t quite there for targeting spotted bass at night. Also, spotted bass feed aggressively during the day, so it’s not like you have to go fishing at night to catch some of these bass. However, if you do go night fishing for spotted bass, we do have some tips for you.
Go With a Buddy
Simple. Be safe. Go with a buddy.
Have the Proper Lights
No lights and you’re asking for trouble. You may be fine, but just wait for the tangles.
Know the Water You’re Fishing
Scout out the areas you plan on fishing at night during the day. This is one of the best tips for staying safe.
Check the Weather
You don’t want to be on the water at night if bad storms are coming in. Even if you know what you’re doing and you have all the required safety gadgets, it won’t matter if something happens and you need the help of someone else. There is a good chance that nobody will be out there to lend a hand.
Fish During the Full Moon
The full moon offers more light at night which makes fishing easier on the angler, which is great. The fishing is usually also better, so it’s a win-win.
Fish the Shallow Rocks
Spotted bass move into these areas to feed on crayfish at night. You can fish crayfish-imitating baits or a variety of search baits such as grubs, ringworms and crankbaits as well. You will usually get more bites with baits that are ticking the bottom.
If you were catching them in 15 to 20 feet of water during the day, there is a good chance the better bite may be in 8 to 12 feet of water at night or 5 to 10 feet of water. Work a variety of depths to find the better depth range to fish, but it’s usually shallower at night.
Fish with Topwater Lures
Topwater lures can be hit or miss at night, but if the spotted bass are in the shallows, it can be an exciting way to fish for them.
Fish Clear Water Lakes at Night
On some bodies of water, the water is crystal clear and the fishing can be flat out tough during the day time. Fishing at night can usually be more productive. While you may only manage a few quality bites during the day, you may be able to double or triple that at night.
Fish Later in the Night
Since a lot of fish will feed aggressively just before dark, the bite can really slow down right afterwards. So, if you’re looking to spend a lot of time on the water doing some night fishing, you can usually have a lot more success by waiting a few hours. For example, if it gets dark at 8 p.m., you may have better luck fishing from midnight to 4 a.m. than from 8 p.m. to midnight. Some fish that ate right around sunset may be looking to eat again.