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Spring is one of the greatest times of the year to be on the water searching for bass. Whether you’re after largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass, you can expect active fish. The techniques and places you ought to fish be determined by where you stand in the country, what the water temperature is, what kind of lake you’re fishing, and what the fish eat. That’s what we’ll discuss in this article.

Spring is a time of transition for bass, just like every other species of fish and wild animal. Bass are moving from their winter haunts to the areas they will live for the remaining portion of the year, until winter in the fall brings them back into deep water. The exact time period if they make this movement provides some of the very exciting fishing of the year.

Early Season:

Early spring fishing is the most unpredictable. Water temperatures are the best currently, and the fish are more apt to be sulking in deeper water. Generally, you can expect to find bass in deep water when the water temperature is below 45 degrees. At the moment, it is required to fish deep and slow. Jigging spoons and soft jerkbaits are top baits.

After the water gets to the 45 to 55 degree range, the bass begin to move into shallower water, and become a lot more active That is when more traditional bass tactics finally enter into play. So you would want to fish shore-line cover, like stumps, rocks, and weed-beds. Still, it is best if you should be in relatively close proximity to fairly deep water. Spinnerbaits are specially good currently, but you can also do well on crankbaits, plastic worms, and other soft plastics. During this pre-spawn period, the bass fishing could be, and in reality usually is, fast and furious.


Finally, when the water temperature inches its way in to the 55 to 60 degree range, the bass will quickly move onto their spawning beds. There’s a continuing debate over whether it is ethical to catch spawning bass, but that’s not the objective of this article. It should be said, however, that a lot of fisherman consider it extremely unethical to keep bass caught off a spawning bed. Should you want to catch them off their beds, there are numerous good methods to start it. One excellent way to do this is by finding a bed, and inching a tube bait along it to provoke a bass to bite. Others want to fish noisy topwater lures over the same area. Then just ensure that you release them as quickly and gently as you possibly can, to help insure the future of the bass population.


After the spawn is over, the bass come off their beds, and are hungry after many weeks of not eating. That is a great time to score a great fish. Plastic worms, crankbaits, and jigs are good as of this time. The fish will be a little spawned out and emaciated, so they aren’t as heavy, and don’t fight as hard as they do other times of the year. Still, the fishing can be very fun now of year. No matter where you live, you have some excellent bass fishing to look forward to this year. So starting having your tackle ready, and plan a trip to the local bass lake. Just keep these tips in your mind, and you’re likely to really have a great day!

Davdison Manning is an enthusiastic outdoorsman spending over 100 days annually pursuing his passion for fishing, many of them in the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas. He details lots of his favorite fishing tips about his website in the Family-Outdoors Fishing Tips Section. His other pursuits include a number of days spent in the field camping and hunting. Davidson loves to share his understanding of the outside in the hope of helping others to find their particular connection to the outdoors.