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::) I am not the worlds best fisherman, but my biggest catch was at 3am and during a drizzling rain. Would like to hear from everyone else on their experince on this subject.

In rivers, lakes or streams what was the time and weather like when you caught your biggest bass?

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The River Boy

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This will surprise you but I have caught my biggest largemouth in the middle of the summer (July & August) on the hottest days of the year, bluebird skys between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Go figure. As for smallmouth,  throughout the day and no particular weather pattern- I fish the Tennessee River for monster smallmouth and it's ALL about current.

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In California, biggest fish caught from late January to end of April.  Since moving to Las Vegas, I haven't even caught any bass I would consider "big".

Caught one about 18" in November on a spoon and another tournament fisherman thought it was "good bass for Mead".  Cloudy with threatening rain, calm, water about 68 I think.  Posted on Fall Patterns for Mead on forum.

For past couple weeks and probably right now numbers of large bass(double didgit) are being caught at Lake Casitas, CA.  It is really storming there.

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10am-2pm  sounds about right I think for me the reason why is because the sun is high and the fish are positioned in or around cover and most of the time I am fishing in and around cover. Some spots produce more than others. If you fish a given lake and you know of a few areas that you caught large fish before make sure you target these areas in the prime times. I try to bounce from spot to spot and I try to hit them often during those times.

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Most of the fish I 've caught weighting more than 8 pounds have been caught:

Best weather: cloudy with enough wind to slightly ripple the surface of the water

Best season: Late winter-early spring ( between February and April

Air temperature: between 60 and 75

Water temperature: between 55 and 65

Depth: 10-15 ft

Hour of the day: between 7 am and 10 am or between 5 pm and 7 pm.

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It was in the middle of the day....! Bright blue bird skies and caught a 7.5...! It just goes to show you there are no set rules on when a big bass is ready to eat......They eat when they want to when the prey is easiest for them to catch. 8)

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