Fishing for largemouth bass can be exciting, but when weeds are a constant problem, fishing can be frustrating. Fortunately, several weedless lure designs allow anglers to fish in areas of dense aquatic vegetation.
Largemouth bass (LMB) are by far the most popular species of freshwater fish in North America. The stout members of the sunfish family are known for lurking among beds of aquatic grasses and other plants.
With insatiable appetites, these eating machines devour practically anything that they can swallow, including other bass, sunfish, shiners, shad, eels, crayfish, frogs, mice or other creatures that fall from the surface of aquatic grass beds.
Capitalizing on this behavior, anglers often turn to weedless surface lures to food hungry bass that lie in wait beneath dense mats of plant material. Some weedless lure designs are relatively new, while others are timeless classics.
Perhaps the simplest are the weedless spoons. These single hook lures wobble enticingly, sliding over aquatic vegetation without fouling.
Soft plastic frogs and mice are both proven lures for working areas of dense vegetation. Both designs are meant to represent natural prey and each are engineered to pass over plants with a lifelike motion.
Several types of plastic worms are well suited for fishing mats of plant material or other aquatic vegetation that lies on the water’s surface. Similar to worms, large tube lures are often used when fishing areas of heavy cover.
Regardless of the lure chosen, the technique remains basically the same. Anglers move slowly and quietly among aquatic plants, casting towards productive areas. Lures are slowly worked across vegetation until an opening is reached. Often, the water erupts as soon as the lure reaches the opening, as a hungry bass has been following the lure for some time.
Fly fishermen also target these same areas, using similar fly fishing lures. Most bass patterns include frogs, large bugs or poppers, many of which are made especially for fishing in areas of dense vegetation.
Whether using spinning tackle or fly fishing gear, anglers usually prefer fishing grass beds and other vegetation during the early morning or late evening. Although this type of fishing requires special lures and unique skills, the results can be worth the effort.