March in the southern US is different from March in the northern US. And of course it’s different in between and different in every other month of the preseason. It is therefore difficult to say what is good for one person is good for another person in a different locale, especially considering that spring bass fishing occurs in many different bodies of water.
Even so, there are some things you can fish for that apply to everyone, just maybe not in every location at exactly the same time. Here are ten bass fishing tips to help you find out what to use and where to fish for bass in the spring.
- Be a temperature observer. Some areas of a lake or pond heat up faster than others, and if you notice a difference of a few degrees in one place, the bass may attract there to warm up and feed.
- Fish late in the day in early spring when the main part of a lake or pond is still cold. The surface water warms up several degrees on a sunny day, and maybe even more in the back where there is a cove, inlet, swamp or wetland area.
- If you have the opportunity to fish for bass, try shallow lakes and ponds first as the season progresses. They warm up quickly in warm and stable weather, more than deeper waters.
- If you have to use multiple rods, always hold a rod with a spinnerbait. There is probably no type of bait that is generally more successful than a spinnerbait in early to mid spring. Start with a ¼-ounce tandem blade model, possibly with a smaller Colorado blade, followed by a larger willow leaf blade.
- Crankbaits are also a staple for spring bass fishing. Try a super shallow barrel version in extreme shallows and a slightly deep barrel version in 3 to 6 feet of water. Do not burn the retrieval at the beginning of the season and vary the retrieval speed. Stopping the bait occasionally is very effective.
- In lakes with crayfish populations, try crank baits and jigs worked along rocky areas, including rip-rap banks. If you can, fish parallel to the coast rather than perpendicular to it.
- With spinner and crank baits, a sign that you are fishing too fast is “hit”. This happens when a bass half-heartedly nibbles or wipes bait without being impaled. You can sometimes see or feel this happening; If so, fish more slowly, try stop-and-go retrieval and / or use a different type of bait, especially if it is a hard plug that is hanging up.
- Try a hard or soft jerkbait in clear water when it’s still cool and when fishing on sloping banks or over submerged vegetation, and twitch occasionally. Later in the spring, when the water warms up, you can fish a hard, floating jerkbait more aggressively.
- When fishing with spring bass, a lot of water is searched for and covered. That’s not what a jig does best, but jigs catch a lot of spring bass (and other types). Try small fixtures first that can be manipulated either at the bottom or at the top of the water column, and then larger body fixtures at the bottom and around the cover, such as a peg. B. Bushes and stumps.
- If you can’t resist the temptation to use a surface plug, at least fish it slowly with long pauses. A gentle approach mimicking a stunned bait fish is about right. Also, try a minnow-style plug as a surface bait by crawling it over the surface slowly enough to create a trail.