When most bass anglers think about topwater fishing, visions of sunrises and sunsets flood their minds. Although lowlight conditions are a bit more conducive to topwater action, we’ve found outstanding topwater bites throughout all times of day.
Topwater fishing is not just for lowlight hours. I think people really short themselves when they only throw topwater lures for an hour or two. Big fish become accustomed to seeing your typical hard baits swim in front of their faces and a topwater presentation will often catch those fish when other techniques fail. It’s always important to show them something they don’t see as much.
I fish topwaters a little more than most people because I commonly fish shallower lakes with a lot of visual structure. It is not very hard to get a fish to come out of 5’ depth to hit a topwater. I commonly fish around docks, in the weeds, anywhere I suspect is holding active fish. I prefer a little wind on the water because it makes the fish a little more active for high surface lures (maybe wind makes less light penetration, not sure about the whys on that one though)
Top water fishing uses top water lures — designed to float above the surface of shallow water. Lures are cast upon the surface to mimic the noise and shape of insects, small fish or other food bass prey on. The presence of bass close to the surface makes for an exciting hunt. Bass cutting through the water’s surface is enough to make even the most seasoned fishermen’s heart race.
The extensive array of terminology, gear and techniques can make fishing seem like something best suited for the pros. However, if you remember just a few key points, you may find yourself with a brand new hobby. Just as with other types of fishing, there are certain conditions, equipment and techniques to know before you start off on your trip