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3 Dynamite Places to Find Big-River Bass

Spotted bass situate along current seams, where they're susceptible to a topwater bait.

Current. Bass love it, but many bass fishermen hate it. I think some of the frustration that stems from fishing big rivers (like the Arkansas or Mississippi) comes from a lack of understanding of how current positions fish. Check out these three hot spots to help you always find fish the next time you find yourself on a flowing giant.

 

1. Wing dams

One of the most talked about places to find bass in current is wing dams, but not all wing dams are created equal, and the bass will often position on different areas of the wing dams depending on time of year and amount of current. Be sure to check the front side, backside and the current eddy/swirl that forms on the end of the wing dam.

Once you figure out which part of the wing dam is holding fish, you can generally find them there on every wing dam you hit. Wing dams that have some type of backwater close by will often be a little better, because a backwater gives the fish a place to move in and out of to spawn.

Best time to fish: postspawn or early summer

 

 

2. Backwaters

When it comes to finding spawning bass on big rivers, you better be in some type of backwater. This could be a section of slack water behind a wing dam, but you will normally find a better population of fish in the larger backwater sections. During spring, if I have a choice, I normally look for backwater areas that are just off the main river and don’t have any flow coming into them. This helps the warm water up faster. If you find laydowns and stumps in the area that’s a major plus.

Also, backwaters can remain good into the summer, but that time of year you want to find backwaters that do have a source of current flowing in.

Best time to fish: spring into early summer