Bass Fishing Tips for Shallow Water

It is a well-known fact that bass prefer to feed in shallow waters. While depth finders can often make short work of locating these prime fishing spots, the novice angler should exercise a degree of caution when using such devices as fish are easily frightened and even the most appealing shallow bed isn’t going to benefit anyone if it is empty.

When scouting the best spot to drop your lure it is best to move slowly and steadily through the water with the least amount of splashing. When in your boat, avoid the use of your outboard motor whenever possible
Seasoned anglers in search of bass will often mark areas that previously yielded a good number of fish. This helps to avoid confusion and makes easy work of finding the right spot. That in mind, be sure to have a supply of good markers in your tackle box before you head out on your next bass fishing trip.

Casting your line a good distance away from yourself and your boat can often bring about the best results as the area will be quieter with less motion. Taking steps to ensure that your line doesn’t shadow the fish will also help you get a better result. I also recommend you read our bass fishing rod buying guide if you haven’t bought a rod yet.

How to choose bass bait

Crank bait and spinner bait are both commonly used by anglers in search of largemouth bass. They are among the easiest to retract and replace, making it perfect for both speed and ease of use. Spinner bait is so called because it spins in the water as the line is being retracted.

In areas with heavy brush and weeds, line tangling can be avoided by using lure presentations that are designed specifically for these conditions, cleverly called weedless presentations. Rigging your rod with artificial plastic worms is also a common practice in areas known for clumps of brush.

INSIDER TIP: Bread dough has been used by experienced anglers in deep water and had yielded fantastic results. Give it a try!


Good anglers have to consider a number of variables including temperature, weather and sun light when choosing a lure and technique. The position and movement of the fish can dictate at a moment’s notice is they should fan or spot cast. From Texas Rigs to the floating weedless variety, the type of lure you use should be decided only after weighing all the factors.

Holding your catch

To avoid accidental entanglement, direct your cast away from bushes, weeds and undergrowth, especially when casting spinner bait in shallow waters. The less time you spend re-baiting the more chance you have at a great catch.
Approach your chosen area carefully, gradually and quietly using your trolling motor to avoid disturbing fish in the flat waters where fan casting is your best choice.

The position of your boat plays a large part in your success. Start by quietly navigating your boat to the center of the water or creek channel before your first cast. Using your map or depth finder as a guide, move slowly along the channel and cast your line in various places until you find your sweet spot.

INSIDER TIP: Cast your line toward the wind for optimum results.

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