Spring time bass fishing is your best opportunity to land a true lunker. It's a great time of the year for us bass fanatics. The weather is warming up and the bass fishing is just about to be on fire.
It's the time of year that many anglers can't wait for. Spring time bass fishing is the unofficial start to the fishing season and it is well worth the wait. Depending on what part of the country you're at will dictate what the bass are doing.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you head out to do some spring bass fishing.
First, before the spawn (also known as prespawn bass fishing), the bass will start moving from deep winter areas and stage on structure right outside the shallow areas where they will eventually spawn. Start by checking the points right outside of coves and other flat, shallow rocky areas. Especially if there is structure near by such as creek beds, and humps. Watch for any kind or breaks in the structure. Drops near potential spawning grounds can hold some lunkers waiting to strike.
When ready for the spawn, spring time bass fishing will transition to those shallows where the bass go to do their thing. Make sure you have a good pair of polarized sunglasses and start doing some sight fishing. This is the time that you can actually see bass on the beds and toss a lure right at them.
Keep in mind that spawning bass aren't necessarily looking to feed at this point. Their mind is on one thing and one thing only. You need to present your bait as an intruder who threatens their nest. This is where the strikes will come from. Aggravated bass looking to strike anything that gets in their way.
During the pre-spawn when the bass are staging just outside the spawning area you can use pretty much any of the lures you are confident with. Swimbaits, crankbaits, jigs and soft plastics all have a chance of working spring bass fishing.
I would recommend starting with a fast moving lure, like a lipless crankbait to see if something hits quickly. Then switch over to your slower presentations like a jig or dropshot senko style worm
Once the spring bass are on the beds your soft plastics are the ticket. A weightless Texas rigged lizard or fluke is a popular choice. Or maybe a wacky rigged senko. Any of these should provoke a strike from a protective bass looking to keep intruders away.
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