Bass Fishing in Weeds
At some time during the summer, the exact time differing with the locality, every bass lake begins to "work" or "bloom"; that is, the aquatic vegetation growing upon the lake bottom has reached maturity and begins to throw off seeds. In a short time the water takes on a milky appearance, is almost opaque, and filled with floating particles. Naturally fishing is at a standstill. Prior to this time also almost every lake becomes very weedy, the weeds eventually reaching the surface of the water along shore in the shallows and often coming within a foot or two of the surface in water from fifteen to twenty feet deep.
This makes the bass fishing rather more like raking hay than angling, and fishing at this time, especially bait- or fly-casting, is productive principally of smashed tackle and lost tempers. Later in the season, however, the lakes cease working, and the water clears; the weeds, too, die down considerably. With weather clear and just cool enough to be pleasant, the conditions generally prevailing in the early fall, with water also clear and sufficiently cool to bring the bass again into the shallows, it would appear that the first weeks of autumn, "when the bloom is off the water," are a pretty good time to go bass fishing—in fact, the very best.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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