Want to catch more bass? Look for the birds
One thing is true year round for bass fishing. If there are ever schools of baitfish available for them to feed on, they will be there. At some point, they will need to eat, and that is their easiest shot at a meal, chasing and tracking these schools of baitfish.
This is so important, that on many lakes and reservoirs, the presence of baitfish can almost be a prerequisite to catching bass.
But bass aren’t the only animal that feeds on baitfish.
Many species of bird, including seagulls, pelicans, cormorants, and even herons are also devoted to the presence of baitfish – and paying attention to their location can be a major clue to unlocking the locations of schools of hungry bass.
As the season matures, baitfish group together in larger and larger schools, and the birds are quick to follow. Paying attention to bird activity can be a major factor in bass fishing success.
If you’re running down the lake, and see birds diving in one area, there’s probably a good reason (and it’s probably a good spot to stop and fish). A recent major bass tournament in Arkansas was won by an angler in ninth place going into the final day – when he saw a bunch of birds diving in a cove, went and investigated, and loaded the boat with the tournaments heaviest limit in less than 20 minutes.
Bird activity becomes more and more important as we transition to the fall, so keep your head on a swivel, and don’t be afraid to stop and fish any time you see an abnormal amount of birds in an area.
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