Pre-Spawn Bass Fishing Tips
Early Spring is one of the best times to catch bass. As Spring begins blooming with warmer weather, bass will begin staging for the up and coming spawning season by eating more than usual. This is what’s referred to as the pre-spawn. During this time, bass eat as much as they can, which makes it a great time to fish. The pre-spawn starts when the water reaches around 50 degrees. Generally, bass will start to spawn when the water reaches 60-70 degrees. Here are some tips to catch more bass during the pre-spawn season.
Pay Attention To The Weather
When the weather starts getting warmer for a few days in a row the bass will begin moving to shallow water. When fishing bright sunny days, fish in areas that provide good shade where bass will be hiding to ambush its prey. Once the bass move to shallow water even if a cold front blows through they won’t be far from the shallows where they can get a quick meal.
The spring rains warm up lake temperatures quicker than outdoor air temperature. Different areas of the lake will warm up at different times. In the early spring, fish the North-west corner of your lake or reservoir. This is where the water temperature will be the warmest.
Fish Shallow Water That Has Structure
Generally, with the spring warmer water temperatures, you will find bass in 2 – 10 feet of water. Be sure to fish the structure such as logs, tree branches, rocks and weeds to find the hungry bass. When fishing good structure I like to throw soft plastics Texas rigged to cover more water without hanging up in the sticks or weeds.
What Lures To Use
During the pre-spawn phase, bass are not picky about eating and will strike almost any lure. Throwing Plastic Worms, Crankbaits, Jig & Craws, and suspending jerk baits will all yield success on the water. Suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits are typically the most popular pre-spawn bass lures. Don’t be afraid to switch lures if your not catching fish but I would stick with what is working.
Once you start catching fish be sure to fish the entire area well. A good fishing spot with plenty of structure will generally hold multiple bass in the same location. Fish the area until you stop catching bass then move on to the next fishing spot with more structure or depth change.
Fish Primary Points Or Over A Shelf
Points are shallow areas that jut into deeper main lake water and provide bass with quick access to deep water and abundant feeding opportunities in the shallower water. A shelf is almost the same thing, It is a drop off located off a bank. These are excellent places to fish for big bass throughout the year, not just pre-spawn season.
Once spring hits and the weather starts to warm up it is time to start catching big bass. Use these tips to catch more monster pre-spawn bass this season. If you have any questions, be sure to ask us in the comments below.
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