When going spring bass fishing, it’s important to know at what stage of the spawn the bass are at before you can determine where they are and the technique used to catch them. There’s a period just before the spawn as the water warms up where the bass will be in a feeding frenzy. During the spring spawn, the fishing is more about getting reaction strikes, and the period after the spawn, you can get creative with your fishing by trying out new and different lures and techniques.
Pre-Spawn Fishing For Bass
As the water gets into the 50’s the bass will start to come into the shallow areas of the water to feed. If the water temperatures decrease a bit, then the bass will move out deeper again. This move from deep to shallow and back will occur a lot during this time period. Once the temperatures start hovering in the high 50’s, the bass will start binge feeding. This heavy feeding provides increased energy for the marathon the males and females must go through during the spawn. The extra nutrition also helps with the developing eggs in the females. When coming in to binge feed, the bass usually come in schools. This is a great opportunity to tie on your favourite bass lure and start catching fish. I tell you, you will have trouble NOT catching any, there are so many and they are so hungry.
Although the fish aren’t extremely picky about the food they eat during this time, you might haul in more bass when using lures that look like or mimic the behavior of local prey. In my area there are lots of crayfish and at this time of year the bass eat these crays like crazy. I tie on a crayfish-crank, one from the Rebel craw fish series perhaps, any color, bounce it off the bottom and the fish pounce. One spring fishing with my cousin, I recall a 9 strikes to 10 casts ratio! And not just with cranks, even Texas rigging a plastic craw fish works like gang busters.
Spring Bass Fishing During The Spawn
During the spawn, after the females have deposited their eggs and set out to recuperate, the males are left back guarding the eggs. They don’t want any harm to come to their young ones so they will bite at anything that swims past. This is a great time to get reaction strikes from these big males. Spinner baits and crank baits work well. As a fish preservation promoter however, I generally do not participate in this type of fishing. I feel that between the time the bass is on the hook and released back into the water, other predators have plenty of time to help themselves to the unguarded nest. That’s not to say you should follow suit, plenty of anglers disagree that it even poses a problem for the bass population, and perhaps they are right.
Post-Spawn Bass Fishing In The Spring
After the spawn and the days start to get warmer, the bass will still come into feed in the shallows. You can usually catch them early morning and again at night. This gives ample opportunity for the shore fishermen to try out some of their bass lures. At this stage I’ll often try new lures out to see how they perform and see if I should add them to my favorites. Texas rigging with plastics, spinner baits, spoons and my all time favorite, top water fishing, are some of the methods to test out. Don’t get too hung up on color, just cast in your lures and have some fun. You might hook into a nice northern or a big trophy bass at this stage in spring fishing. Best of luck!
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