Bass are most active when the water temps are between 60 and 70 degrees. Largemounths prefer shallower, warmer water. When fishing for LM it is important to approach the area as quiet as possible. The slightest noise will spook them sending them out to deeper waters. If youre shore fishing, walk as soft as you can to the spot you choose to fish. If by boat/canoe/kayak use a push pole to get to the area you want to fish. Lilypads are the perfect structure for LM. The best pads will have a dropoff or channel leading to them, and will be in three or more feet of water. This type of bed will nearly always hold a number of bass. To work the bed cast a weedless spoon with a pork/frog/eel strip trailer into any of the holes in the middle of the pad and retreive it right over the top allowing it to flutter down as you go from hole to hole. Another effective presentation is a weedless rigged plastic worm. The plastic worm is one of the most versatile lures for lilypad fishing when rigged texas style. When using plastic worms have a wide color selections such as blues, purples, grapes, motor oils, browns, oranges, chartruese, reds, whites, and yellows. For clear water use solid colors and for stained/muddy water use metalflaked or flourescent.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954