Man Holds A Bass By The Lips Right Above The Waterline


Bass are commonly found in heavy cover. This is because aquatic vegetation provides them with a lot of benefits such as cover from predators and shelter from the sun. Structure also provides them with a lot of feeding opportunities as there are a lot of baitfish, frogs and critters in the area. As an angler, however, Bass fishing in heavy cover is a real challenge.

Here are some tips on how to catch Bass in heavy cover.


When fishing for Bass in heavy cover, it’s best to maintain your distance. Your boat or kayak, or where you are standing on the shore, shouldn’t be too near the cover as your presence will spook the fish.

If you’re using a traditional trolling motor, you had better turn it off. The best way to get close is with a stealthy electric trolling motor. Ideally, you should be far enough not to disturb the Bass but close enough that you can make accurate casts. Also, by keeping a little distance, you can observe the situation and scout for areas that might be better.


In heavy cover, it’s hard to be sure where the Bass are located. You might be tempted to cast your line over and over again to get a hit. However, when fishing in structure, a methodological approach is best.

The best way is to start casting from the outer edge of the cover and work your way in. This way, you’ll be ready to start catching Bass without alerting fish of your presence to early.


Topwater lures are the most effective when fishing for bass in heavy cover. Specifically, buzzbaits are attractive and produce noise that Bass find irresistible. This type of lure can mimic both shads and frogs. Buzzbaits often perform very well in heavy cover.

When using buzzbaits, a slow retrieve is recommended. Since they sink, it’s best to create just enough action to keep them on the surface.

Another effective lure is the hollow-body frog. They are known for producing excellent results in heavy structure. They are designed to skip through structure and weeds. Many anglers opt for the ‘walk the dog’ action on a slow retrieve when working with this type of lure.

Soft plastic worms are a popular choice as they don’t get snagged very easily. Soft plastic worm lures are very versatile and can be used with many techniques and many species. One effective technique is to cast the soft plastic worm into the pockets or holes in the water, let it sink and then use your rod to create a trembling action.

Fishing for Bass in heavy cover can be challenging and a lot of fun at the same time. These fish move fast and bite hard, often shocking the newbie angler. I hope these tips help and you have as much fun as I do chasing Bass in heavy cover.


Is there anything else that will help catch more Bass in structure?

Peter Hollingsworth
Peter Hollingsworth

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