When the summer sun starts to boil the water at your local lake, many fishermen often overlook the banks in search of deep ledges or structures that may hold fish. If you are a bank fisherman or fishing on a small lake or pond, many times you have no choice but to fish where you can. Don’t curse the summer heat and blame it for the fish going deep just yet; fishing the banks can still be productive even on the hottest of days.
When you are fishing the banks look for any amount of cover in the shallows. Search for logs, grass, and lily pads – anything that can give bass cover to escape the heat. Many times, big bass will lie right against the bank under a small amount of grass or cover waiting to ambush any prey that may fall or jump into the water.
You may also find it helpful to downsize your presentation. Try fishing a small worm or jig. The key is to keep the bait in the fishes face and they will bite it. If you are fishing from the bank, work your lure all the way to the bank. Many fishermen make the mistake of stopping a foot or two short of the grass or cover that is matted up against the bank and recast. Don’t overlook these last few feet; they will oftentimes produce a number of bites.