When you think of ultralight bass fishing during the dog days of June, you tend to only want to go fishing during the early morning, or early evening. These times are just more comfortable for me, and for most other fishermen (and women!) as well. What you don’t realize though, is that you are missing out on prime bass fishing time!
One of my favorite ultralight bass fishing techniques is topwater. Who doesn’t love topwater fishing? When I speak of the subject though, 2 main lures come to mind. Buzzbaits, and poppers. I have caught more fish with these 2 lures, than any other topwaters in my collection.
Early in the morning, or earlier in the evening, just after the sun has settled in, and your eyes adjust to the change is the best time to apply topwater in mid summer. Choosing the right bait to use at the right time is the key to landing more fish.
Water temperatures in smaller reservoirs (re: retention ponds) that we like to fish in warm up to temperatures that the fish don’t feel comfortable in. They typically won’t exert a lot of energy chasing down a bait until the water cools back down.
When the sun is high overhead though, the fish cannot look up for their food. If they did, they would go blind — they don’t have any eyelids to protect them like we do. This forces them to stay looking down, and seek overhead cover. This is when I break out my jigs and worms.
The jig and worm are perfect for when the sun is shining bright, because they can be bounced slow or fast across the bottom, stirring up the silt and attracting attention. Finding fish with these baits is a slow going method, but you have to be patient if you want to be successful and catch more fish anyways!