Tree Creating Shade


It’s common knowledge that the best times to catch Bass are very early in the morning and later on in the day when the light turns to dark. That’s not to say, though, that you can no longer fish for Bass in the middle of the day. You need to know where to look. When the sun is shining brightly, and the water becomes warmer, Bass will most likely head to shaded areas. To take advantage of this, here are a few of my tips for Bass fishing in the shade.


There’s a prevailing notion that Bass seek the shade because they have no eyelids and bright sunlight hurt their eyes. This is a myth.

Experienced anglers will tell you that Bass are still able to roam the water under sunny skies. However, these Bass aren’t actively feeding, and they’ll be difficult to catch.

Instead, Bass head for the shaded areas for two main reasons; protection from predators and more feeding opportunities. The lack of light along the banks and under structures allows Bass to conceal themselves from other animals looking for food. Likewise, they’re also undetectable to the baitfish they’re trying to feed on.


When Bass fishing in the shade, anglers should remember the sun’s path. It rises in the east and sets in the west. This means that depending on the time of day, Bass will most likely stay in some shaded regions than others.

If you’re fishing in the morning, eastern banks will be more productive. Meanwhile, as the day comes to a close, you should switch to fishing in the western banks.


Once you have zeroed in on a particular area, you should find objects that create shade. These include overhanging trees, fallen branches, weeded areas, matted vegetation, lily pads and large rocks. When the sun is high, these places will be the coolest. Bass will most likely be in these areas. The darker and deeper the shade, the higher your chances of catching larger Bass.


As the sun moves across the sky, the size and depth of shade also change. When fishing for Bass, it’s important to notice the edge between light and dark. Apart from structures, Bass also stay on these edges. By staying in the shade, they can avoid detection. However, they’re close enough to see their prey swimming along in the lighter area of the water. This provides them with the opportunity to strike without having to go further into the warm water.

‘The early bird catches the worm’ — this proverb will always stay true. However, if you don’t choose to head out to the water before the crack of dawn, it doesn’t mean that they’ve lost the opportunity to catch some bass. You can still do it in the middle of the day. Sure, it’ll be a bit more challenging. As long as you know where to look for Bass in the shade, chances are, you will still have a productive and rewarding fishing trip.



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Peter Hollingsworth
Peter Hollingsworth

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.