The ice is melting off of the lakes, and the warmer temperatures are moving in. What does this mean to you? Well it means that bass fishing is in the air. If loading your boat with bass sounds good to you, read on to find out how this will become possible.
The key to locating bass in the spring is finding the warmest water in the area of the lake you are fishing. There are a few ways you can accomplish this. One way is by looking to see where the sun is hitting the banks. Another way is to rely on your temperature gauge to lead you to the warmest water. The next step to finding bass in the spring is by finding the locations where they will gather. These spots include rocky banks, bluffs, flats, and main and secondary points.
Rocky bluffs are a great spot to find fish as the rocky bluffs hold heat better than any other type of structure. The fish either suspend off the rocky bluffs or they hug against the rocks. You will want to position your boat one of two ways when you are fishing deep water bluffs. One way is by positioning your boat straight out from the bluff, that way you can cast into the bank. Another way is by positioning the boat parallel to the bank and casting along the bluff. This is especially helpful if the fish are hugging the bank.
Now you will want to use certain types of lures to fish the rocky bluffs. These lures are suspending jerk baits, spoonbills, and crankbaits. The best techniques to use when fishing these suspending lures is a jerk, jerk, pause technique or a sweep and pause technique. The jerk, jerk, pause technique works best on sunny days when the water temperature is warm and the sweep and pause technique works best when the weather is harsher.
Try alternating the intervals of time between your pauses to determine how aggressive the fish are. Often fish will sit and watch a suspending lure for a long period of time before striking, or they could decide to bite right away. Shifting your pause technique could encourage them to play and increase your chances of a catch.
You could also locate fish on large flats with wood, as wooded flats will hold heat. Flats also attract baitfish in the spring. It is said that the best flats to fish are the ones that receive sunlight during the afternoon hours. It is also beneficial if the fish move up to feed as they can be caught using lures such as, jerk baits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic jerk baits. Remember when fishing a spinnerbait, bump every piece of structure you can. If you do this, you can be almost guaranteed to get a reaction bite from a bass lying on a log, stump or rock. Using the jerk, jerk, pause technique is quite beneficial as it mimics an injured baitfish, which bass actively feed on.
The last location to look for bass is main points or secondary points. These are excellent locations as fish will move here to find baitfish that are attracted to the points. The types of lures to use when fishing these locations are suspending jerk baits and spinnerbaits especially if fish are suspended from these points. Baitfish are randomly moving to the point making bass feed all at once. So if you are looking to load your boat with bass this spring, look for structure at these points, such as trees, stumps, chunk rock or brush piles, as you can find the mother load of bass here.
We all know that early spring temperatures are unpredictable to say the least, which makes fishing difficult, but if you manage to get out on the lake during a warm front and use the techniques provided in this article, it will be a banner day out on the water.