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.

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.