How to Fish for Black Bass

Pound for pound, Black Bass is Maine’s gamblest fish. Black bass fishing — small-mouth and largemouth — has taken off in popularity since L.L. Read it. Bass thrives in our healthy and successful lakes and rivers, they have adapted well in our warmer waters where trout and salmon fail, and their voracious feeding makes them regular participants in our angling sport.

It opens late in the season. In Maine, it is difficult to take bass with bait before 21 June. However, from June 1st to June 20th, three per day can be taken with fly. If you never did bass fly fishing you missed a lot of fun.

I use flies during the open season first (June 1st through July 10th). Later, when the water gets warm, bass feeds on or near the bottom, and detects bottom movements faster than surface disturbances.

Live minnows and frogs are perfect food for bass fisheries. A three-inch-long minnow is wide enough. Pick the tiny ones, if you use frogs. Hook minnows and frogs from both the upper and lower lips and point the hook under the lower jaw upwards. Begin fishing immediately upon proper setting of the hook.

9-foot-long will prove sufficient for machinery a rod of medium stiffness. Line is to be 15 lbs. Checking. Sinkers need to weigh an ounce on.

When worms are used they will prove most satisfactory to those who are clean and light. Using a gut-snell hook of No. 1 or No. 2. Put the worm on corkscrew fashion so that under the hook point about half an inch of worm projects. Every part of the hook will show up when done.

By fishing with colored minnow, or a red and white tube, you can often get a bass to take artificial bait.

By making up a picnic party you could have a very nice day. Your Guide will take everything you need for a bass chowder with you. Everything you have to do is catch bass at the prearranged camp site and arrive. Bass makes the best chowder out of any swimming fish.

Bass is present in 613 lakes and ponds in all seventeen counties of the state and in several of our big rivers, totaling over five hundred thousand acres of waters in all. Regulations have developed to support bass fishing while making this great family sport more available. And the tackle has changed drastically, allowing the kid to catch bass as they want with a worm and bobber, the bait fisherman, and the fly-fishing purist.