A Taste for Insects
In summer, bass prey primarily on minnows, frogs, crayfish and juvenile fish. Sure, they'll eat the occasional terrestrial insect encountered along the shorelineÐa clumsy caterpillar here, a wayward June bug thereÐbut it's more a snack than the main meal. When the days begin to shorten, however, and a chill creeps into the mornings and evenings of Indian summer, bugs play a larger role in the diets of bass. Perhaps the mental picture of a fat bluegill or shad is replaced by the image of a plump cricket, but whatever the reason, something in the genetic memory of bass tells them it's time to start prowling the banks for the stray insects that just sort of let go of their summer perches and drop into the water.