Bass Fishing Techniques for Spring
As we move into spring only one thing comes to mind for me, spring bass fishing! This is a great time of year to get on the lake and catch some nice sized bass that will be feeding aggressively. The water will be warming up and the bass will take notice and start moving around a bit more. In addition, the spring rains, which many angles see as a nuisance when you are itching to get into the water, do a great deal to oxygenate the water and put a bit on vigor in the bass’ bite.
The water is usually still quite chilly in early spring, ice is beginning to melt and bass are beginning to move. The surface temperature of the water still hasn’t reached the liking of most bass, which means that the deeper waters are still where they are going to be hiding. This is the ideal time to break out some of your deeper diving lures for lake fishing. Since they weed beds are a bit tamer than they will be in late summer, I like using a Rattlin’ Rogue. With a bit of a twitch in my retrieve, the Rogue mimics the action of an injured minnow. Another killer lure for this time of year, know as the pre-spawn season, is a deep diving hard body crawfish. There are many varieties of crawfish on the market, but just about any of them will do. The wobbling motion of the crawfish will draw the bass out and provoke a strike.
In the mid-spring, anglers will notices that bass travel will make their way into shallower water. This is great from a fisherman’s prospective because there is usually much less territory to try to cover in the shallows verses the vast deeper waters. During the winter, the water in the deeper portions of a lake are usually warmer than the icy surface; however, the warm spring sun melts the ice and will raise the water temperature in the shallow water much more quickly. This entices the bass and the bait fish they feed off of closer to shore. Mid-spring is also the time of year when bass spawn; making them aggressive feeders and more territorial. Buzz baits are ideal for this time of year. The whirling sound they make will either attract their attention or irritate them into defending their spawn beds. The buzz bait also avoids the weed beds which are getting closer and closer to the surface in this time of year.
In late spring, after bass have left their spawning beds and water temperatures are starting to rise, bass will stay in lily pad or weed cover in the shallow waters early in the day and later in the evening. This movement is caused because smaller bait fish will come into the shallower water to feed during the day, thus bass follow to feed on the smaller fish. There are many lake fishing techniques out there, but this is really an ideal time to use a rubber worm on a Texas Rig. The Texas rig will allow you to cast in the heavy weed beds and maneuver between the lily pads. For mid-day fishing in late spring, you will want to fish in deeper waters with a Rapala jointed Shad Rap or a Rapala Jointed Minnow, both have amazing action and with moderate retrieval, they will swim at a depth ideal for late spring fishing.
Spring is a great time to go bass fishing. If you do not usually lake fish, be sure to give bass fishing a try when they are biting the most aggressively, Spring! You are bound to be just as hooked as they are.
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Author: Brian Ward
Mar 7, 2013