3 Ways To Identify The Best Fishing Spots

Bass fishing is unlike any other. These largemouth bass are a widely popular sporting fish that can be found in every state across the United States. Bass tend to feed on a variety of different lures, making your bait selections easy. While some of the big monsters out there can be as large as ten pounds, the typical bass weights between three and five pounds. 

Probably the most notable aspect of bass fishing is when you reel them in. Largemouth bass has a large tendency to leap in the air while fighting their battle against retrieval. To ensure you have fun this fishing season it's imperative that you find a fishing hole that has a large number of bass present. This can be done by ensuring there are three characteristics that are met. Let's see what these are below. 


Largemouth bass will feed on any prey that can fit within their mouth bucket. They don't have teeth to chew up their prey, so it has to be small enough for them to swallow. These smaller prey include things like smaller fish, mice, snakes, and frogs. 

In the ideal environment, largemouth bass prefers to feed on shad, sunfish, and crayfish. If you can find a fishing hole with a least one of these type of smaller fish you will be set. If you can find one with all three, you are sure in for an amazing fishing experience. 

Spawning Space

The best lakes, streams, and other waterways are those that have the ideal environment for spawning fish. When this measure is met, stocking becomes of an optional practice to the waterway keeper. The ideal spawning environment for largemouth bass has plenty of small nesting sites. These should be comprised of small gravel and little to no vegetation or silt. 


Fish love to live in a comfortable home, just as you do. Keep this in mind when looking for your ideal fishing spot. It should include ample amounts of stumps, rocks, docks, brush piles, and vegetation. 

Largemouth bass can withstand a variety of different habitats. Conditions can vary drastically in temperature, depth, turbidity, and size. Bass will typically adapt, which is why they are so present in numbers across all the waterways in the United States. 

Many online resources, such as Bassmaster, will compile an annual list of the best fishing lakes you should be using. Realize that due to the changes in habitat and other environmental factors, the best fishing spot is going to change from year to year. 

Plan ahead and check to see if some of your favorite spots include these characteristics above. If you can find a fishing hole that has all three of these traits, you are definitely preparing yourself for an amazing fishing experience. 

Remember that planning ahead can be the difference between seeing your line wade for hours on the water or getting a workout reeling in largemouth bass after largemouth bass with a big grin on your face.

Carla Arbuckle
Carla Arbuckle

Carla is a staff writer for Fishing.org and Shooting.org. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer. She can be found most weekends fishing and exploring the wilderness.