We've been waiting for our favorite season all winter and it's finally here. BASS SEASON!
Every time a lure plops in the water the anticipation rises that “THE BIG ONE,” the fish fairytales are made of, is about to attack and make this day LEGENDARY. Bass season is here! The sun is hot, the fish are hungry, and we’re all ready to catch “THE BIG ONE.” Here are 5 of Grizzly’s favorites for the 2021 bass season.
1. Bass Season Favorite Bait
Our favorite bait this year is a simple one! It’s a Chompers “Salty Sinker.” Don’t leave the package open in the car, it’ll smell like garlic in there for weeks! This scented, weighted bait can be rigged up Texas, Carolina, or Wacky style. In my experience bass love them. More than once I’ve gone home with multiple, good-sized largemouth while the rest of the crew was skunked. I credit the “Salty Sinker.” Out of all the colors we’ve tried we have the best luck with Watermelon Seed.
2. Favorite Tip For The Bass Season
Keep your hooks sharp! Largemouth have a bony mouth and jaw. Before I started taking the 30 seconds or so to sharpen my hooks with a file or hook sharpener, I lost a lot of fish. It’s deflating, to say the least, when you get that big bass right up near the boat only to find he was hanging on to your lure, but your lure wasn’t hanging on to him.
3. Favorite Livewell For The Bass Season
We may be a little biased, but our favorite livewell is the Grizzly 75 outdoor cooler. With it’s double-wall, vacuum-sealed, rotomolded construction it is guaranteed to keep your fish/ice/water cool all day long. With a 30 inch embossed ruler on the top you can be sure to snap photos and brag about “The Big One!”
4. Favorite Method During The Bass Season
Currently, my favorite method for bass fishing is by kayak. Whether you invest in a fishing kayak with pedals and all the fixings, or just use a cheaper model, it’s hard to beat being at water level letting the lake lead the way. I love to float with the currents and breezes dipping with a wacky rigged sinker bait or casting close to the shore with spinnerbaits. This method might not be for everyone or something you want to do every time you go out, but I always come back refreshed after some good kayak fishing.
5. '2021' Grizzly Coolers Top 5 Bass Lakes
*in no particular order
- Lake Mitchel, Michigan – Located in Cadillac, Michigan Lake Mitchell offers anglers a variety of opportunities to catch a wide variety of fish. At the top of my list are the bass. Lake Mitchel doesn’t disappoint. On hot nights use jitterbugs and buzzbaits.
- Brushy Creek Lake, Iowa – Located in the Brushy Creek State Recreation Area this lake provides some of Iowa’s best opportunities for bass. At 690 acres there’s plenty of room to chase down those trophies. Rumor has it that this lake wasn’t producing good bass over the past few seasons. Those rumors led to less anglers, and you guessed it, the lake has bounced back in an amazing way.
- Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee – At 58-miles long Chickamauga Lake is a reservoir that was created when the Tennessee River was dammed up in 1940. Considered a top 5 bass fishing lake in the United States, the Chickamauga has produced record-setting bass for years. The perfect lake to explore in search of the biggest bass you’ve ever caught.
- Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota – Located in east central Minnesota, Mille Lacs is “one of the best lakes in all the land,” according to Eric Hofmann, part of Grizzly’s marketing team. “The pure size of Mille Lacs is not for the faint of heart,” Ethan Pole. At 207mi² most days you cannot even see the other side. This is the lake where pro angler Matt Peters famously finds “The Juice” providing some of the best bass fishing around. It’s also the lake where your bass fishing dreams are sure to come true.
- Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Texas – The Sam Rayburn Reservoir is located deep in the eastern side of Texas. It’s another big lake connected to a national preserve and fed by the Angelina River. Another biggie if you want an amazing vacation and a shot at a national record-setting bass.
More Bass Season Favorites and Honorable Mentions
Alright, maybe just a few more bass season favorites! To be honest my favorite lakes to fish for bass are the ones no one else is at. The small lakes that are found deep in state or national forests. Lakes where Osprey and Bald Eagles lead you to the fish. You know they are the best lakes cause you won’t find any houses around them, and often no boat launches. A Grizzly Soft-Sided cooler with snacks and lunch and a Grizzly Grip 320z bottle filled with ice tea are enough to make the day worth it, whether I catch the big one or not! It’s bass time! Here’s to making some awesome memories.