Redeye Bass Summer Fishing Information and Facts
Due to the focus of insects on their diets, fly fishing is an excellent way to spend the morning or late evening catching Redeye Bass.
Redeye Bass prefers water temperatures in the range between 60°F to 70°F and is often found in cool streams and rivers throughout much of the southern United States. Avoid large baits as these are not big fish, with the largest ones reaching 14 inches. Most Redeye Bass are caught weighing no more than one pound – about the same size as lake perch.
Also pay attention to main-channels or areas where the water temperature is around 65°F. Redeye Bass prefer moderately flowing rivers and streams, avoiding slow flowing lower river sections as well as lakes and reservoirs unless the water temperature goes much above 72°F/21°C. They don’t like highly turbid rivers and streams though they can tolerate some turbidity.
Unlike other major North American Bass, or even other bass worldwide, the Redeye Bass prefers insects over baitfish. This should not be surprising realizing that the Redeye Bass is not a very large fish at all and that insects offer a lot of protein, which the adult Redeye Bass prefer. A few damselflies provides the Redeye Bass a good solid meal, would would hardly register with a largemouth bass. Some of the top insects that they feed on include dragonflies and damsel flies.
Unlike other bass, Redeye Bass feed mostly on insects but will still go after crayfish, minnows, leeches and worms.
spinners and grubs are your best bet to get strikes, but are not the only top lures for your tackle box. You should also try using white crank baits as well as chrome and chartreuse.
Due to the focus of insects on their diets, fly fishing is an excellent way to spend the morning or late evening catching Redeye Bass. Flies based on the dragonfly and damselfly are all very effective as are other seemly odd flies like leech or popper flies.
Redeye bass prefer streams and rivers that drop thirty to forty feet every mile or two kilometres. They can be found in pools and riffles but be careful not to spook them by splashing around. While they enjoy faster moving water, they are not interested in white water conditions as these are too fast.