Tips for tidal largemouth bass: know the tides


Some tidal waters vary only a foot or so from high to low tide, while some swing several feet. Likewise, some only go up and down once per 24-hour period, while others go through two full cycles in the same period. In any tidal system, the influence of the tide is far greater close to the saltwater than farther up the river.


Because the amount of current, water level and the amount of habitat that exists throughout the tide’s stages all impact fish locations and behavior, it’s critical to understand just how the water level changes in the particular river section you intend to fish. Of course, it’s also important to know the general tide cycle for the day, and it’s a good idea to keep a chart handy for reference.