The Guadalupe Bass are night feeders and freely move about their habitat at night, often ending up in a new place in the morning.

Baits and Lures

Guadalupe bass prefer water-bound insects, crayfish, fatheads, golden shinners and gizzard shad. Effective lures include plastic grubs, streamers and small crank baits. Some brand names that work are the Madam Xs, Convertibles, Clouser Minnows, Woolly Buggers, Pencil Poppers and Prism Divers. However, as this is their spawning time, spinnerbaits, Jim Stewart’s Spin-N-Jim and the Buzz Bug are highly effective at causing the bass to attack to defend it’s territory.

Aquatic insects appear to be the food preference of the Guadalupe Bass based on a sampling of stomach contents of the fish. And the most common insect by far for the juvenile Gradalupe Bass is the larval emphemeropterans (mayflies).

Food Preferences

We also found that the Guadalupe Bass has no problem consuming hymenopterans, which include bees and wasps. As with all bass, the food preferences changed from season to season as did the amount of food consumed. The Guadalupe Bass consumes the most amount of food during the summer months. In the winter months, however, it becomes quite dormant with the water temperature approching 40°F/4°C.

Guadalupe bass

adult Guadalupe will feed on golden shinners

When the water temperature falls below 45°F/7°C, the Guadalupe bass becomes lethargic and does not eat as frequently as it holds to deep pools and riffles. The best way to catch it in these conditions is by angering it by making noise and intruding on its territory.

Adult Guadalupe Bass mostly feed on crayfish, insects and bait fish like minnows including golden shinners and fadhead minnows.

Spawning

When the male stands guard over the nest, it will not feed but has been know to strike in order to defend its territory. During spawning, the females are chased away after laying their eggs and serve no part in raising their young.

Night

The Guadalupe Bass are night feeders and freely move about their habitat at night, often ending up in a new place in the morning.

To find out more about recommended lures for Guadalupe Bass fishing, click on links below.

Adult Guadalupe Bass feed on golden shinner

Golden Shinner

 

lures for guadalupe

CrankBait

pencil popper lures

Pencil Popper

Wooly Bugger lures for Guadalupe

Wooly Bugger

Prism Flating Diver Lure

Prism Floating Diver Lure

 

Clousers Minnow lure

Clousers Minnow