Spotted bass (all seasons) vs. Largemouth (summer)
What is the best way, or how would you target Spotted Bass,(the ever increasing population in our western lakes), unlike the Largemouth Bass, which seems to be territorial and almost tells you where they will be on particular cover, Spotted Bass seem to be here one day and gone the next. Traveling in schools it seems, are hard to target? Do you have any advise on Largemouth vrs. Spotted Bass ?
Thanks for the question. This is a tough one.
It's not unusual to find spotted bass over very deep water. It's very important to use your electronics and look for these suspended fish. It could be over 100' of water. In the summer time you can call the fish up from these depth in clear water with a top water bait. It's very hard to catch suspended bass. You could use a Senko, weightless. You can shake a zappu, or a flickshake on a light head, wacky rigged. It's not unusual to find them here today and gone tomorrow.
Spotted bass tend to chase the shad, and the school herds them, dispersing them in open water.
They tend to suspend near structure for ambushing shad schools. Largemouth bass push the shad against the structure, weather it's a break, a hump, a wall, or a ledge. When they disperse the schools, they are an easier prey. You can also call up largemouth bass in clear water, from the depths. Usually you need to contact the bottom with jigs and worms and so forth to catch the largemouth bass.
This is my take on it. Hope this helps.