Summertime shallow fishing

As the heat of the summer moves upon us most fishermen believe that fishing in 20 plus feet of water is where they need to be to catch fish; although this is a correct belief it is not necessarily the only way to catch fish. Bass do live in the shallow water during the hottest time of the year and there are some advantages to finding shallow fish. The fact remains that in many lakes where there is a big stand of grass, like Guntersville, the shallow water can be your best alternative.
First of all, when the grass creates mats over the top on these grass lakes the water temperature is actually cooler by as much as ten degrees under the mats, pushing the bass into the cooler water temps. It is also true that oxygen is more plentiful in the grass as the mixture of grass and water has a biological effect on the oxygen levels in the grass and becomes a better habitat for bass to survive in during the heat of the summer. Bass feed more when their oxygen level is high and getting a bite is many times easier in the shallow grass mats.
The enticing thing about the deep water in the summer is with today’s electronics you can visualize the large schools deep on your Lowrance products but that is not necessarily a good thing because the best of the summertime fishermen like to hang out on  those deep schools increasing the fishing pressure substantially in the deep offshore locations. Many times, the shallow water guy has the spots by himself just because the deep gets crowded with the offshore guys. With the pressure on today’s lakes having any area by your self can be a gift!
Another thing about deep water in the summer is that rain seems to dirty-up the deeper water longer during hard rains in the summer creating mud lines in the water that separate the deep and shallow. The mud lines move the bass to the shallow and as the deep water stays muddy longer the clearing in the shallow allows them to feed along the mud lines in the skinny water. There are certainly many reasons to fish shallow in the summer and being versatile enough to try it has its advantages.

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