opwaters are normally used in shallow water and they work best in early morning and evening with water temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees. Bass are sensitive to light so if it is early morning with overcast skies and a warm water temperature, a topwater should be the first thing you throw out there. Whatever bait you choose, when fishing for largemouth bass you want to match the same color as the forage they are used to. However for smallmouth, they seem to love more vibrant colors.
Buzzbaits – They work great in the morning. It’s best to fish these over grass and pretty much any cover in shallow water. Cast these out and leave your rod tip up in the air. As soon as it hits the water start reeling in. These are terrific for prompting a reaction strike.
Poppers – This one is my personal favorites. I have actually had luck with these at all times during the day. You can use these to fish hard to reach places with lures that have to be constantly moving. Let it sit a few seconds, then pop it every few seconds and it can easily attract bass.
Propbaits – Types of these lures include Torpedos or anything with a blade on the front or back. These will cause a disturbance with the blades acting like propeller.
When fishing topwater, it is very easy to get anxious and set the hook too soon. If you are too quick, you will jerk the bait right out of the fish’s mouth. To avoid this, wait 2 seconds after the strike (or at least until you feel the weight of the fish) before setting the hook. It very easy to see the bass hit the lure and out of reflex, jerk the bait right out of its mouth.