Fishing for bass is quite another business. To my mind, they are a much better fish than the pickerel. There are several kinds of bass,—the black, the striped, and the yellow ; the last two kinds are the best, and in April and May they are very fat, and next to the trout for eating.
You can mate some headway in spearing them in early spring, but the better way is to catch them with a trolling line, with a spoon hook or spinner. From the middle of June to the middle of July, they are spawning, and do not like to bite. In the fall and winter I have never succeeded in catching many. Quite early in May a fishing rod with a strong line and hook, baited with a small frog, "will answer very well I have also known them to be quite successfully caught with a gill net.
Thrasher, Halsey. The Hunter and Trapper. New York: Orange Judd and Company, 1808.
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