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How to Catch Bass When No One Else on the Lake Can Seem to Get a Bite

It’s fishing so there are no guarantees, but these tips will help you catch bass when everyone else is coming in empty-handed. 

No matter what fish you are targeting you are bound to run into tough fishing days. If you want to catch bass, you will have some exceptional challenges on certain days.

It could be the weather, the time of year, or fishing pressure. Each of these situations will make fishing difficult at times.

To combat these difficult days, here are three ways to catch bass in poor fishing conditions. The general concepts apply to all species, but specifically relate to bass fishing.

Finesse Fishing

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Downsizing is a surefire way to get more bites. No matter what is causing the fish to be less aggressive, a smaller offering will help. Try lighter line, smaller lures and a slower retrieve. This will drastically increase your odds and you will also open you up to more species.

Stick with popular techniques such as a drop shot, shaky head or wacky rig. Just go with lighter weights and smaller soft plastics.

Live Bait

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This one will ruffle the feathers of the artificial-only purists, but nothing outperforms live bait. If the fishing is tough and you can’t catch bass, try going with nightcrawlers or whatever minnow or baitfish you can legally use in your state.

Fishing with live bait is a great way to catch fish of all species and will be a return to your roots for some. Like downsizing, it will also open up your options to other species. Catching something is better than nothing, every time.

High Percentage Areas

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Wouldn’t you always target high percentage areas? You would think so, but focusing on likely locations is your best bet for tough fishing. Docks, points and obvious structure is what you should be looking for if bass fishing.

The same holds true for other species as well. Focus only on where fish are most likely to be. Whether it is current, weed beds or whatever else attracts fish. High percentage areas are where your time should be spent when the fishing is difficult.

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How to Catch Bass When No One Else on the Lake Can Seem to Get a Bite