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We are now entering into the later July fishing period and the largemouth bass are going nuts! The walleyes have slowed and this guide has made a change, now chasing largemouth. These bass are eager biters and July is the best month of the summer for finding them.
As most anglers know, the largemouth are relating to the green weeds and are basically in three possible places. First choice is the top of the weeds or weedy flat. These are the most active biters. Always check the very top at first. The second phase is checking the weed edges where the weeds break into deeper water. This is the most common area and your best bet. Thirdly, the very bottom of the flat or weed edge which varies typically from 8 to 14 feet depending on the water clarity of the lake. If you cover those three areas, chances are you will do well. Too many anglers concentrate on only one area and neglect checking the other options. At this time of July, with water temperatures near 80 degrees, these largemouth aren't leaving the weeds anytime soon.
Hair jigs, jig N worm combinations and tube style jigs are favored right now. Stick to the smallest lead head jig or hair jig you can find. 1/8th .oz is the best size overall. You want a light, long-shanked hook because these jigs fall very slow, enticing strikes.
Yeah, the walleyes have slowed but the largemouth bass are just beginning to hit their stride. You got to go where the action is!
Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.