Why the bass go deep

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By Shelton Young

In last week’s article I told you that a majority of a lake’s bass spend most of their time in deep water.
However, I neglected to tell you why! Those of you who are inquisitive may have looked it up on Google or, heaven forbid, read some magazine articles.
If so, you discovered that bass go deep seeking cooler water, water with more dissolved oxygen in it, or maybe, as I actually read somewhere, “Bass spend time in deep water to avoid the bright sunlight, since they don’t have eyelids.”
I think maybe there’s a more logical answer!
Imagine if you will that it’s Sunday morning. You and your family are enjoying a pleasant breakfast and suddenly, right through the middle of the room roars a motorcycle. Then, suddenly you notice your youngest, Elmo, is missing! Discussed and scared you collect the remainder of your family and move.
Well, maybe it’s the same for bass?
There they are, contently living in the shallows. Out of nowhere comes a water bug i.e. “Wave Runner”, then a ski boat and, horror of horrors, a bass boat. Just too much traffic. So what do you do? Yep, move deep!

Unfortunately we all have the same problem when it comes to fishing, at least fishing lakes!
As you know, weekend boat traffic on most lakes is heavy. So fishing is difficult since most ‘deep water’ is heavily used by boat traffic.
It’s like if you’re trying to fish along a bluff wall. You position your boat, cast your lure and start to reel in. All of a sudden your boat starts to rock as the wake from the pleasure/ski sends you up and down. That’s if you’re lucky. If not, you get slammed into the bluff wall. Note: Slamming a fiberglass, or any other, boat into solid rock only damages the boat, not the rock!
When fishing weekend tournaments you have basically two choices. One, you can be very careful and spend as much time on boat control as casting. Two, you can fish the areas that don’t allow the heavy boat traffic. “No ski” and “No wake” areas come to mind.
But, tournaments aside, the best days to fish a lake are probably Monday through Friday, when boat traffic is the least. People with jobs are at work leaving the lake to vacationers and retirees.
The only problem has to do with pre-fishing for an upcoming tournament. You go during the week, on a day close to your tournament date, find a pattern you’re slaying ’em on, and figure you’re good to go.
Then you get to the ramp on tournament day only to discover a hundred boats waiting to blast off, another 50 ski boats and just as many pontoons. That’s just one ramp, out of several on the lake!
After a delayed blast-off and run to your spot you find a houseboat tied up across the cove you were going to fish. Then your ears are assaulted by the blare of audio from a tricked out ski boat.
So much for the quiet and tranquility we associate with going to the lake!
Suddenly you realize the pattern you found won’t work, the squealing, cannon-balling kids from the houseboat took care of that!
Your last refuge is the shallows. That area of the lake holding 10 percent of the bass. That area where you know you won’t catch anything substantial.
But that’s the way it is when you share out water with those who have the same right to be there as you do!

John Wright, at Wal-Mart, told me he caught a largemouth bass at Sportsman Lake a few days back that went over seven pounds! He caught it on a buzz bait!

I’m going to try once again to get our 4-H Fishing Club going.
This month we’re going to meet at Sportsman Lake on Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m.
I have a few rods and reel combos, but if you have your own be sure to bring them.
See ya there.
Guess that’s it for now. Get out, enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, stay safe and I’ll see ya next week!