Fishing for bass is always a rewarding experience during the spring months. The fish start to shake off their lethargy after the long winter so they will be enthusiastically filling up on food before and after the energy-sapping spawning period.
Spring is always one of the most popular times to get your share of largemouths and smallmouths using strategic fishing and smart angling techniques.
Confluence or junction points are active in the spring
Locate spots where the deep water and the shallow water merge. The points where the shallow water meets the deep water will have a reasonable level of fish activity in the spring. On the other hand, the points on lakes and rivers near larger creeks are popular fishing spots because they are teeming with fish.
You can find a lot of pre-spawn fish in the areas where the deep sections merge with the shallow ones. Spots that also prove to be productive include warmer shallow areas where the water is hit by the bright and warm sun.
You will need a depth map or a depth finder to find break-lines, points or coves.
Look for banks, coves or points with break lines or deep cuts, as well as creeks that move close to shallow water for a productive bass fishing expedition. During cold periods, go for the deep break lines between 10 and 15 feet away.
When the weather has a consistent pattern or shows warming trends, you should check out 4- to 8-foot or deeper break lines that are 10 to 15 feet deep. You will want break lines that lie closer together.
Check out as much water as you can
Learn to use an active, always-on-the-move approach to succeed in bass angling. Spring makes this principle more critical since the bass are in constant movement at that time. Once you settle and hook up, practice slow fishing and carefully work the whole area.
Remember that fish behavior will vary at this point, as they will not even be in the same spot the next day because they constantly run about and shift positions. Do not hesitate to get your feet wet, or your waders. It always pays to be where all the action is in the water.
You get more chances to catch the fish from the mouths of major creeks to the farthest points of those creeks.
As the weather gets warmer, the fish will go shallower
Bass will be in the shallower water after long periods of warm weather. This is because of how the warm areas enable the bass to get rid of the sluggishness they are left with by the winter season. Thus, bass angling is best done after a week of sunny, bright days, while focusing in the known shallow areas.
After cold and cloudy weather, search for bass in the deeper areas including the main creek bed in the reservoirs and the deep pools of natural lakes. Look for stumps on old creek beds for cold-weather spring bass angling.
Give the bass a chance to get your lure into their mouth
Before the warmth starts setting in, use slow retrieves to give the heavy-moving bass a chance to get the lure into their mouth. The slow metabolism of the bass is due to the cold water temperature. This results in less energy and slow speeds when moving.
A fast-moving bait fish is likely to be ignored but a sluggish-looking crankbait will be quite attractive.
Fish with sensibly-chosen gear
On deeper break lines 10 to 15 feet out, throw deep-diving crankbaits to catch the bass. On shallow break lines, cast lipless crankbaits. Those two reaction baits cover farther distances into the water.
Switch to a soft or a jig-and-craw jerk bait after casting your crankbait when you have found staging females. You can also throw spinnerbaits like crazy, as the good-quality ones can help you catch more bass.
Use larger lures for early spring bass angling to land big bass. Medium-heavy to heavy reels, whether spinning or baitcasting units, are also great options.