Here are five spring bass lures to keep in your arsenal as the water warms and the fish start to get active.
With thousands of different bass baits on the market, how are you to know which are the best lures for giant bass in the months of March, April, and May?
In order to be successful from early spring to the edge of summer, here are five spring bass lures that will help catch fish at all depths this time of year.
1. Lipless Crankbait
There are all kinds of sizes and natural colors, and it will take some time to identify what the bass are feeding on. Naturally, you can fish lipless crankbaits slow and in deep water. Sometimes this is referred to as "yo-yo-ing" them off the bottom.
Additionally, burning them on shallow flats with tight actions also makes for a good presentation for early spring pre-spawn bass.
2. Texas Rigged Soft Plastic
The classic Texas rig is a universal lure. With a bullet weight and your favorite go-to finesse worm or soft plastic, it's hard to argue with the results. The rig bounces up and down off the bottom giving the worm a life-like movement that fish can't resist.
One of the best spots to fish early spring is against the bank, as spring showers start to flood the water's edge and carry critters with them. In addition to a basic finesse worm, creature baits like crayfish, lizards, and other terrestrials make it hard for big bass to lay off during pre-spawn.
3. Suspending Jerkbait
Regional Guide Pro Brandon Jessup had to speed up his normally slow retrieve of the POINTER 78 to adapt to the unusually...
Bass anglers everywhere enjoy suspending jerkbaits when the fish are biting. Any bass fisherman will tell you he or she loves a good reaction strike, and most of the time this is what a suspending jerkbait provides. They can dive into several layers of the water column depending on the type you choose.
Fish school and produce a reaction strike by predator fish nearby. Trying different retrieval speeds allows an angler to identify what causes the fish to start biting.
Targeting points, rocky banks, and wood pilings are all great ideas with a suspended jerkbait tied on. It takes patience, because sometimes the fish hit hard, and sometimes they don't. But when they do...
4. Shaky Head
Shaky heads are my go-to lure pretty much year-round. I especially prefer them for early spring bass fishing.
I'll take a green pumpkin finesse worm, shorten it by tearing a small piece off, screw on my shaky head of choice, and fish with it for hours. I'll cast it into 12-to-15 feet of relatively shallow water and work it slowly.
It gives me confidence even in the midst of a slow day. Most of the time, when nothing else is working, a shaky head will help me catch bass.
5. Squarebill Crankbait
Squarebill crankbaits usually are good for shallower water. They deflect off of rocks and wood well, which allows anglers to avoid getting hung up quite as often.
Similarly, they'll also work through areas that bass tend to hideout. Anglers tend to fish squarebill crankbaits relatively fast, and they're good for medium to shallow water columns. The best imitations tend to be shad, threadfins, gizzards, or any baitfish.
Whether you're goal is to catch any fish or that one big bass that evaded you last year, hopefully these fishing tips and lure selections can help point you in the right direction.