I can be your Yoda young padeewon. Best beginner books on serious angling:
Spoonplugging by Buck Perry - Old 1950’s physics professor who invented a lure called a spoonplug, which is basically a flat, bent piece of shiny metal that ran at a consistent depth when trolled behind a boat. He tells you mainly to stop “beating the bank” and find offshore structure. Look at lures as tools to achieve the desired Depth/Speed presentation, how to look at a topo map and determine best spots, etc.
Doug Hannon’s Big Bass Magic- The “Bass Professor” mainly talks about Florida lakes and their strain of bass. I see your location as Ohio so you mainly fish for smallmouth/northern strain largemouths which are usually easier to catch and less spooky. KNOW YOUR PREY. Meaning, learn about the largemouth species of fish. Temp, O2, Food,security,shelter tolerances, very very important. Its true, if you can think like a fish, you can catch them at any time,in any weather, anywhere.
Infishermans Largemouth Bass book is also good but probably a little too much information for you right now.
There is a last book that is the Holy Grail of bass fishing that I won’t even mention, since it would just outright blow your mind if you tried to comprehend it.
Next, obligatory membership to B.A.S.S. with magazine subscription. Alot of fluff articles, advertisements but still has alot of solid “modern” techniques to keep you interested and in the loop. Just don’t buy any of the BS hot looking lures. To learn to Bass fish from the ground up you need to concentrate on these techniques with these simple baits:
#1 Weightless worm/fluke fishing
#2 Texas/Carolina rigged fishing with a 5-7" soft plastic
#4 Small crankbait/Rapala
Buy a few packs of 5-7" worms (I like Zoom products) in colors good for your area. Rule of thumb, if the water you fish is clear, go with natural looking colors. Can never go wrong with black/blue, watermelon seed, green pumpkin. I use cheap spinnerbaits, mainly H&H, like $1.50 apiece at Academy. Catches lots of fish. For Crankbaits, I like all Rapala products. Especially the original floating minnow in black/grey. I’ve caught so many fish on that lure its ridiculous.
Always remember the best teacher is being on the water so fish as much as you can, even if its a little dink pond down the street. The bass there will act the same as the bass in a 20k acre lake.
Saved me a bunch of typing, thanks! Those are my top three resources. I also keep a log and record each trip: date, time, season, sunny, cloudy, wind, air temp, water temp, water color, depth I fished at, where I got bit and what I was using. I fished tournaments for years. My logs from 10 years ago are just as reliable and valuable today as they were back then. It’s all about figuring out the pattern.
I lived in Ohio till I was 18 and moved to TX. Been “BIG” bass fishing ever since. Good luck and enjoy the ride.