Not only do bass bite at night, they often bite more during the night. This is due to several reasons. First of all, it is cooler outside than during the day which tends to make the fish more comfortable. Second, the darkness of night gives them an advantage when hunting prey since they are able to use senses other than their sight and can also hide behind the darkness of rocks, plants, etc. and then ambush their prey with an attack. Bass also use sound as a method to locate their prey. They do this by honing in on it and then using their lateral line to “sonar” and locate the prey to hopefully make it its dinner.
Spinner baits, buzz baits and jitterbugs are great baits for fishermen to use during the nighttime as they create “sound” that the fish use to locate the bait. Black baits work best because the bass are able to locate black and/or dark colors easier against the backdrop of the sky and the moon. The fish search for shadows in the water and movement in the darkness of the night. Most fish that the bass prey upon that are silver appear to be black in the water at night, this is another reason they are more likely to bite at night as they think it’s a smaller fish that they can make into a meal.
It is common for bass to want to feed at night because the waters are quieter, calmer and lack the distant buzz of motor boats, or the splashing of enthusiastic swimmers in swimming areas in which the fish may be residing. At night these fish no longer have to deal with the hot heat of the sun beating down on them and they don’t have to be as cautious as they would during the day. The loud noisy day air is filled with a calm quiet and the faint buzzing of mosquitoes and splashing of smaller fish that seem tasty to the bass.