Finding White Bass

Finding White Bass​ Video: White bass are hard-fighting, aggressive fish that are an absolute blast to catch, particularly when congregating in large schools during the spring. James Lindner and Jeremy Smith show you how to find and catch these tenacious biters and fighters on crankbaits.

Catching white bass in the upper Midwest can be an exciting angling experience. Numerous lakes, rivers, and reservoirs support thriving white bass population sand offering anglers ample opportunities for a successful outing.

When targeting white bass, it’s important to consider the time of year. Spring and early summer are prime seasons for white bass fishing, as they become more active and move to shallower waters for spawning.

In terms of bait and lures, a variety of options can prove effective. Live bait such as minnows, shad, or worms can be particularly enticing to white bass. Alternatively, artificial lures like crankbaits, jigs, and soft plastics in natural baitfish colors can mimic their prey and attract strikes. For a more finesse approach, consider using small jigs or soft plastics rigged on light jig heads.

As for gear, a medium to medium-light spinning rod around 6 to 7 feet in length paired with a quality spinning reel is ideal. This combination offers the versatility needed for casting and retrieving various lures or bait setups. Spooling your reel with 8-12 pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon line should provide sufficient strength while maintaining sensitivity for detecting bites.

When fishing for white bass, it’s crucial to pay attention to water conditions, weather patterns, and local regulations. Additionally, be prepared to adjust your techniques and bait choices based on the behavior of the fish on any given day. Patience and adaptability are key to a successful white bass fishing expedition in the upper Midwest.

The best lures for white bass can vary depending on factors like location, water conditions, and the time of year. Here are some highly effective lures that are known to work well for catching white bass:

Crankbaits: Medium-sized crankbaits in natural baitfish colors like silver, white, or shad patterns are great choices. These lures mimic the movement and appearance of small fish, which are a primary food source for white bass.

Jigs: Jigs are versatile and can be used with various trailers like soft plastics, curly-tail grubs, or even live bait. Opt for smaller jig heads in the 1/8 to 1/4 ounce range, as they can imitate the size of the white bass’s natural prey.

Spinnerbaits: Spinnerbaits with tandem blades can create strong vibrations and flashes, which can attract white bass. They work well when retrieved at a steady pace, simulating an injured baitfish.

Soft Plastics: Paddle-tail swimbaits, curly-tail grubs, and tube baits are effective soft plastic options. These can be rigged on jig heads or used with weighted hooks, allowing for a variety of presentations.

Spoons: Casting spoons, especially those with a fluttering action, can be very effective for white bass. They imitate the erratic movement of a struggling baitfish, making them a tempting target.

Topwater Lures: In late spring and early summer, when white bass are more active near the surface, topwater lures like poppers or walk-the-dog style baits can be highly effective for explosive strikes.

Inline Spinners: These lures have a rotating blade that creates flash and vibration, making them an excellent choice for enticing white bass. Choose colors that mimic the local forage.

Remember to vary your retrieve speed and depth to find what works best on any given day. Additionally, always be observant of the water conditions and adjust your lure selection accordingly. It’s also a good idea to carry a variety of lures in your tackle box to adapt to changing circumstances.

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