I hope a true bass fisherman doesn't read that you want to catch a couple for dinner. They get pretty defensive about their bass.
If you put in some effort to catching some you can catch them all summer long but this time of year you should be able to do pretty well with them. I will let other more experienced bass fisherman give you specifics on where and how.
But really they aren't that good for eating so if you do catch some you might want to just throw them back. Panfish and walleye are the good eating fish.
Being a fish eater I can tell you that bass are soft & mushy & taste like mud. I am comparing them against gills,crappies & walleyes. The crappie from cold water is the best as far as my taste buds indicate.
http://www.bucketrack.com/THEJig.html IF IT'S WET...IT'S CATCH'N FISH
what appeals to them most i thought a floating jig head but then i put a berkly gulp worm on there and a bullet weight about 4 inches up the line so the jig would float a little above the bottom of the lake and when i experimented close to shore when i could see it, it didnt float. So i tried it with less worm and still the same thing. Help me some one.
Those floating jig heads aren't big enough to lift much weight so I assume your gulp worm is probably way to heavy.
i would suggest if you really want to catch a bass but you don't have all the fancy lures most bass fisherman have you could simply put a minnow on a hook under a bobber. Do this around weedlines and if there are bass in the lake you will get one sooner or later. I have caught alot of them this time of year with that technique although they weren't my intedned targets.
What lakes are you fishing, maybe someone here can give you some more specific help on the lake you are fishing.
I know one south Metro lake that you can get some decent bass from shore with a minnow and bobber if you are interested.
Well i have been fishing Ore-be-gone but i think im gunna try deep lake out by sparta outside of gilbert. I hear there is alot of northern activity out there so might as well try. Hey maybe i will become a northern addict instead of bass!?
Alot of the time when you fish bass you will get northern as well and vice versa. If you want to go catch some pike and bass that same minnow and bobber will work at times. Its boring but effective in the right situation.
If you want something more exciting I would cast spoons for those pike. Dare Devils, little cleo, Johnson Silver Minnows whatever.
And if you want bass and pike I would go with spinner baits and buzz baits. You will get bass and pike on those spinner baits and buzzbaits so each cast could be something different. Just make sure you don't forget which fish you have on at the time since if you try to pike up a pike by the lip you are going to be in for a hurting.
Again cast these along weedlines, if you can find some shallower weedlines with access to deeper water that should be a good place to target.
Are you going to be fishing from a boat or from shore?
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People who fish for food, and sport be damned, are called pot-fishermen. The more expert ones are called crack pot-fishermen. All other fishermen are called crackpot fishermen. This is confusing. ~ Ed Zern, 1947