TIPS Posted Jun 17, 2014 By: wfn The 7 Best Summer Bass Fishing Tips Spring may get most of the attention when it comes to bass fishing, but that's no reason to ignore the summer - especially for those Canadian anglers out there whose 2014 bass fishing season is just getting started. Get the most out of your summer bass fishing season by following the seven tips from the videos below! Bass Fishing Under Cover In this clip from Extreme Angler TV, Karl Kalonka shows how to fish for bass in shallow water in the early summer. The key? Fishing under cover, likes docks. Check out the baits he's using! Junk Fishing In this classic clip from Getting School'd, JP DeRose talks about where and how to go fishing on those hot summer days when bass are hiding in heavy cover. Sometimes, you just have to throw your jig into the sloppiest of shoreline covers (weeds, fallen trees, etc) just to find 'em, and that's precisely what junk fishing is all about. "Come out come out wherever you are..." How To Use Topwater Baits In clear waters, and/or with weeds and lilpyads, few methods of fishing outperform topwater lures when it comes to summer bass fishing. Bass love coming up to the surface to chomp on forage like frogs, so why not take advantage of that instinct? James Lindner from Angling Edge describes how to catch bass with topwater lures in the video above. Wacky Rig Fishing There are numerous ways to rig a bait for bass fishing. The Texas and Carolina rig are two of the more popular kinds of rigs - and they certainly have their uses for the summer - but don't underestimate how well a wacky rig can perform in July and August.. Not sure what that is exactly? Check out JP's mini tutorial on the rig in the video above, from his show Beyond the Cast. If you're looking for a more in-depth look on how to best fish a wacky rig, check out another JP DeRose video here. BONUS: For even more detail, WFN Ambassador Mark Bilbrey provides an article specifically devoted to wacky rig fishing for summer bass here. Get Better at Finesse Fishing Unlike the spring, where bass seem to be everywhere during the spawning stage, the dog days of summer can leave you scratching your head wondering whether there are any fish in the lake at all. When topwater frogs, flippin' jigs, and buzzbaits are getting you nowhere, it may be time to slow things down and go deep with a dropshot rig. Check out Bassmaster Elite Series pro Shaw Grigby's tips on how to use your electronics to catch more fish with the dropshot technique. Become an Efficient Kayak Angler Kayak fishing has a great advantage over shore anglers or traditional boat and motorists - you can get to places on the water others cannot. Having more freedom to find those "hidden holes" is great, but the tradeoff with kayak fishing is you cannot bring as much gear with you. That's why it's important to pack versatile rod-and-reel setups that can help you fish in any condition or with any technique. Chad Hoover from Kayak Bassin' explains how to make the most of the space you have and what gear to keep in mind. The Dreaded Cold Front Nothing strikes fear into an angler's heart more than a cold front hitting a day before a summer bass fishing trip. Bass are notorious for shutting right off afterwards, having had their feeding frenzy prior to the change in weather. But hey, no excuses, right? Want more tips and techniques? Then be sure to check out our Bass Fishing Tips section!