How to Fish Submerged Vegetation with Bob Downey

Wed, August 24, 2022

Throughout many parts of the country, submerged vegetation plays a major role as a key habitat for bass, particularly largemouth. Wisconsin native and Bassmaster Elite, Bob Downey, is no stranger to bodies of water with an abundance of submerged vegetation, and today, he's here to share how to fish these grassy bass lairs. Natural lakes are often full of vegetation, and it can sometimes be a challenge to hone in on the specific intricacies of how and where bass position themselves in submerged grass. A key feature to look for are clean or bare spots within the vegetation, where bass can position themselves to ambush prey, such as bluegills, crawdads, shiners, and more. Inside weed edges are great fish holding spots around the spawn and during the fall. Outside grass edges are common areas where bass congregate after the spawn and can offer great fishing for schooling bass all throughout the summer months. Within those inside and outside edges, points and inside turns are high-percentage areas where you'll want to first concentrate your efforts. Lastly, as fish set up on deeper grass edges some of the most productive areas in the lake are where hard bottom features, such as rock, gravel, or hard sand, are directly adjacent to healthy vegetation.

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