The spring months are a great time to be a bass angler. The fish are starting to stir after a long winter, and they are bulking up on food before and after the energy-draining spawn. No matter where you live, there are plenty of chances to catch bass in the spring. While it’s one of the best times for largemouth and smallish, the spring season still requires smart techniques and strategic angling.
Don’t let spring slip away, use these spring bass fishing tips and you’ll be catching more bass from March through June...
Transition points are very active areas in the spring, so look for spots of shallow water near deep water and you’ll likely find a few bass. On lakes and rivers, areas near larger creeks are often full of fish. Use your depth finder or a depth map to locate coves, points, and break-lines.
Bass often spawn in shallower creeks, but they love the creeks that have nearby depth, giving them plenty of chances for food.
Really, this is a good tactic for any season; just ask Kevin VanDam. He’s used an aggressive, always-moving approach to become one of the most successful bass anglers of all time. During the spring, however, you should keep this philosophy close to heart, as bass are constantly moving positions.
Keep your trolling motor going and work as many areas as you can, giving two to five good casts to a spot and then moving on. When you do hook up, slow it down and meticulously work the area.
It might go against common sense, but don’t expect fish to be in that spot the next day, as spring bass are constantly shifting and bustling about.
After long periods of warm weather, you’ll likely find bass in shallower water. They love getting into warm areas that help them shake off the winter sluggishness, so after a week of bright, sunny days, hit the areas that you know are shallow. The opposite is true for cold weather. If it’s been cool and cloudy, the bass will likely be holding in deeper areas, such as original creek beds in reservoirs and deep pools in natural lakes. Stumps on old creek beds are excellent for cold-weather spring bass fishing.
This is more of an early spring tactic, but before the warmth sets in, slow down your retrieve so sluggish bass have a chance to catch your lure. The cold water slows down a bass’s metabolism; they have less energy and less speed, so they’ll likely pass on a fast-paced baitfish. That slow-moving crankbait, however, looks like an irresistible meal.
Spring weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you are prepared by wearing top-quality fishing apparel from Huk. You’ll find shirts, jackets, and fishing masks that help you stay comfortable and dry on the water.
Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.