5 Ways to Find Bass in High Water

Flooded Trees

Spring is undoubtedly one of the best times of the year to be out on the water chasing bass. Unfortunately, the season brings more than just the bass spawn. Many times anglers are confronted with tons of rain, which can make water levels shoot up overnight. It can be easy to get overwhelmed when lakes flood, so follow these five rules to help find fish fast in high-water situations. 

Going deep into flooded cover is a good strategy.

1. Follow the Water 

As a general rule, bass will move up with the water. If the water level is quickly rising with spring rains, look to the shallows. Bass will move to shallow bushes for a couple of different reasons: 1. As water finds new ground, it brings in tons of forage for small baitfish and bluegills, and bass follow for the feeding opportunity. 2. Newly flooded bushes also offer excellent ambush points for bass waiting for their next bluegill buffet to swim by. 

2. Go as shallow as you can 

Many times, I’ve seen anglers who simply weren’t fishing shallow enough. When bass make their move up to the new bank, they will often go as shallow as possible. Go where they go. Don’t be afraid to put a bait in 6 inches to a foot of water. 

3. Find bass in the bubbles 

One of the best places to look for bass when the water comes up is in the very back of pockets and creeks – back where the water is churning in. This is a great area to look because of all the additional oxygen being brought into the water column. 

4. Stay on the move 

Shallow, high-water bass are typically roaming. Once the water level stabilizes, I like to target bushes with flipping/pitching techniques. However, when the water first comes up, opt for baits that allow you to cover tons of water. 

5. Hang around the hard bank 

When the water rises way back into the forest or fields surrounding a lake, one way to locate bass faster is to target steep banks that allow you to reach the actual hard bank sooner without having to move through a massive flooded area. 

Ryan Wilbanks

Best baits: When faced with these conditions, it’s very important to cover a lot of water. I like to use a few confidence baits that I know bass will bite: a 3/8-ounce double-willow spinnerbait and a buzz frog. The Bruiser Baits Kickin’ Frog is my favorite. 

Good Luck and Tight Lines!!

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