In the Wild with Greg Wagner

MEMO TO BASS ANGLERS by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
August 27, 2009, 12:17 pm
Filed under: Fishing | Tags: , ,

An August bass from a northeastern Nebraska farm pond.


For those of you who’ve put your largemouth bass fishing tackle up for the season, shame, shame on you! Get it all back off the garage shelf. Why? This is one of the best times of year to catch big bass as well as good numbers of bass here in the Husker State! These fish are aggressively feeding on a variety of aquatic creatures and are building up fat reserves for late fall and winter.


Daryl Bauer of our Game & Parks Fisheries Division offers these simple tips to improve your odds for catching “old bucket mouth” – the largemouth bass now in late summer:

 – Use bigger baits and lures (Daryl and I really like to use surface lures this time of year such as the rubber Scum Frog).

 – Crankbaits should not be overlooked, most notably those that are silver and white which look like gizzard shad – a common prey fish in many Nebraska reservoirs and sandpit lakes.

 – Employ faster, but more erratic retrieves with your artificial lures to resemble prey/bait fish in distress.   

 – Fish early mornings and late evening periods near shallow cover where bass are attempting to ambush any number of aquatic creatures for an easy meal. 

 –  During the daytime, target drop offs in about 5-9 feet of water with structure or cover nearby.


NG&PC's Katie Stacey unhooking a bass caught at Walnut Creek Lake in Papillion.


Bauer says that largemouth bass anglers need to practice proper catch-and-release to ensure the future of their bass fishery. He says the three most important things to remember are to land ‘em as quickly as possible, handle ‘em as little as possible and get ‘em back in the water as soon as possible.  

 Go fish, catch bass, snap pics, release ‘em, have fun!


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