Anytime you fish around lights this time of year try this. Before getting too close position your boat to where your cast just reaches about where your boat would be if you were set up to cast to the dock. In other words fish further out first. About where the glow of the light stops. If you don't get bit move in closer.
I have spent many many hours on the lake at night bass fishing. Most of that time I fished alone and discovered a few things that go against the grain a little. This is how I came to find these fish out further away:
I always positioned my boat out a ways where I could just cast to the dock. I didn't want to spook any fish around the dock so I stayed back as far as possible but still reach the dock with my casts. I caught a lot of fish this way but I found myself getting a lot of bites right under the boat. I almost exclusively used Texas rigged worms and craw worms and I would work them all the way back to the boat. Often I would get bit just as I started to reel it in for a new cast....under the boat 15-20 yards from the dock. I then noticed this is where the edge of the glow of the light was. So I put two and two together and started staying back further and casting to the edge of the glow before I moved in. When I started this technique I increased the number of fish and size of fish I was catching. I then formed the theory that bass will tend to hang back in the shadows and move in around the light every so often to feed on the bait fish swarming under the lights. Bass don't hang out under the lights. They hang back and ambush when they get ready to feed near the lights. This is especially true this time of year when the water heats up and they are in the deeper cooler water. They will hang out where they are safe and comfortable NEAR where they know they can go eat any time they want. I have caught more fish on the edge of the glow than around the docks or under the lights. And it isn't even close.
This time of year focus on the areas around points with lights. If you see lighted docks near main lake or secondary points give them a try. If you don't have that you can always use a dark color short arm spinner bait with a single large Colorado blade and have some fun in the shallows near deep water. Or get out on them points and do some crankin. I've caught a lot of bass at night out in the dark chunking and winding crank baits. If you choose this route I'd focus around points and secondary points.
If you prefer slow fishing try a 7" black power worm, texas rigged, with a bead between the hook and weight. The power worm changed my life when I bass fished at night back in the day.
Be safe and have some fun. Don't go out without a good spot light and wear that life vest when running. Good Luck!
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