By David A. Brown

It’s the PBJ of bass fishing; always a good idea. Riprap – those manmade embankments of chunk rock intended to fortify shorelines are also one of the most dependable scenarios for largemouth bounty. New to the lake? Regular spots slow to produce? Whatever the dilemma, fishing the nearest riprap is usually a sensible move.

Breaking up natural shorelines and providing fish a staircase of sorts, riprap allows fish to quickly moderate their depth to suit the day’s conditions and forage location. Rocks slicked with algae offer baitfish-grazing opportunities. This, in turn spreads the bass buffet.

Typically positioned near deep water, riprap can potentially produce throughout its entire stretch. However, sweet spots usually exist so look for irregularities like points, gaps, drain pipes, blown-in brush or lose rocks that have tumbled out of place.

You might want to flip a jig or Texas rigged bait around any isolated cover adjacent to riprap, but for general purposes, stick with your moving baits like a Bandit 100 or 200 crankbait.

Top Tip: Once you identify a productive crankbait size and color, rig two of the same bait, but tune one to run right and the other to run left. This enables you to run the riprap in both directions with your bait making solid contact either way.