Early Spring Smallmouth Bass Fishing – Locating Pre-Spawn Smallies!

Locating early spring smallmouth can be somewhat of a challenging task. However, once you learn and understand a little bit about their migration patterns you can greatly increase your odds of locating smallmouth bass in early spring. If you are thinking about doing some early spring smallmouth bass fishing, check the water temperature, and consider these facts.

The pre-spawn smallmouth bass period can be broken down into 3 phases based on water temperature. These phrases are not carved in stone but will give you a general idea of ​​where to look for and locate smallies during pre-spawn which takes place in early spring. The 3 phases are temperature dependent and the fish behavior and location are different for each

Phase 1 – Water Temp. 46-48 degrees

As the water temperature rises into the mid 40's smallmouth bass will still remain in deeper water but will move moving closer to their waterfall water spawning area's. When the water temperature reaches 46 to 48 degrees they will start to disperse and begin filtering into shallow water, usually less than 10 feet deep, in search of food and / or nesting sites. Keep in mind that crayfish spawn during this time so lures that imitate crayfish are a good option during this phase.

Phase 2 – Water Temp. 48-52 degrees

When the water temperature approaches 50 degrees, both male and female smallmouth will be in a full-fledged migration pattern. Most of the fish will now be in shallow water aggressively feeding, moving, and searching for nesting sites. Cover such as rocks, weeds, fallen trees, docks, or any shallow cover in water 3 to 8 feet deep can attract fish.

Phase 3 – Water Temp. 53-55 degrees

As the water temperature approaches the mid 50's, aggressive behavior starts to take a downswing. The males will begin sweeping out nests in shallow gravel, rocks, sand or other suitable bottom composition depending on the features and structure of the lake you are fishing on. The females will move back out to deer water close to drop offs at this time and wait until they are ready to spawn before moving again again. Males can be done in very shallow water at this time. You will need to move to deer water to catch the females during this phase.

On your next early spring smallmouth bass fishing adventure, check the water temperature, consider these 3 phases, and you will increase your chances of locating those pre-spawn smallies.

Source by Gregory Jackson

The Secrets of Tournament Bass Fishing

Re-posted by Randy Yancey-Division Director, USA Bassin Tournaments, Table Rock Fall Division

The Secrets of Tournament Bass Fishing

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

By Matt Beckler

This may very well be the magic article that all tournament bass fisherman have been waiting for. The article that exposes the secrets of the upper echelon. So take a minute and lets delve into the world of the unknown. A world in which the likes of a VanDam, Evers, Reese, Brauer, and a Clunn could only know about. This mystery place is kind of like the Area 51 of bass fishing if you will.

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There must be a secret to consistently weighing in limits of fish on foreign waters right? We watch the coverage on ESPN from our couches chapping our lips from licking them in excitement and awe at the simplicity of how these fisherman easily fill their boxes with four and five pound fish. We amuse ourselves like children watching a high wire act at the circus. “How do these guys do this” we ask ourselves every weekend. So, we pay close attention to what kind of gear that they are using, how big the engine is, what the brand of sunglasses are, and how many ball bearings their bait caster has in it’s thumb grips. “That must be it!” we say to ourselves and there goes some more of our hard earned money as we ape what we see on television and read in the magazines. We have come to the conclusion that stocking stuffers and retail end cap glittery packaging has to be the secret of catching winning fish! Lets not kid ourselves, it certainly does not hinder our efforts to be surrounded with the best equipment, tackle, boats, and gear on the market. Also, it keeps our outdoor economy with viable fresh air.

Now we have a full spread of the latest NASA approved fishing reels, rods, clothes, sunglasses, and an engine that has more horses and ponies packed into one cowling than John Force’s top fuel funny car. Armed with GPS, side scanners, Japanese lures, and weights made from materials that are questionable to be found on the periodic table of elements, we are finally ready to expose their secrets. Lets go fishing.

Day one results: not too good, must be the front that passed through last month. Day two results: even worse, must be the dam people pulling water off our fishes head. Day three results: the dam people quit pulling water and the bite went away. The greatest gear from the far east has not caught the under water Boone and Crocketts so it must be something else going on. It can’t be from decisions that we have made, no way. No one wants to walk up the hill with an empty bag and have to tell their comrades that they just can’t catch fish. So we blame it on the dam people and meteorologists. By the way, the dam people are some of the nicest folks I have ever met. They mention all the time that their ears start burning around 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. I just tell them to wear more sun block.

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So how does VanDam, Brauer, Reese, Evers, and Clunn do it on television and just what is their secret to unlimited catches of bug-eyed box fillers? I unfortunately do not have the resources to “Pull that rabbit out of the hat,” however, I can let you in on what I have observed. These guys are full time employees of the fishing industry and surround themselves with fishing and it’s nuances everyday of their lives. Information inundates their brains every minute from multiple sources in addition to the research that they pursue on their own. In short order, they are walking lineside computer processors, constantly storing and sending new information.

During a television show with Edwin Evers called “Lost Lake” he was fishing with deep crank baits on Grand Lake in Oklahoma. These baits have become so popularized by their success on Kentucky Lake and the Tennessee River Chain of Lakes by VanDam and Evers. We all have set out to enjoy this success with these lures but most of us have not been able to find the correct angle of retrieve, line size-sure match, speed of retrieve, and color that we read and watch on television. These factors don’t even take into consideration whether or not those are even bass that we see on our electronics. Wow, so many factors, just what is the secret? Readers, it is much simpler than this. Mr. Evers enlightened my approach to these baits and bass fishing as a whole with his “secret” that, surprisingly, he told on cable television. Edwin went on to say, “These baits work and they work well. Television editing will not allow you to see the amount of time that we have to put in a day to catch the fish for a thirty minute show. Stick with the bait all day and learn how to use it.” Well, this may not be exactly what he said but it is dam close. I just can’t let the dam people off the hook yet.

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The secret was let out of the clutches of the Fort Knox fishing with-holdings with that one statement by Mr. Evers. This is my synopsis on his comments: Work hard at what you do and believe in what you are doing and you will succeed. There is no secret other than spending as much time as you can on the water and doing your own research, not just relying on that of others, to better your efforts. We need to learn our tools and how they are best utilized. We must understand how all of our gear functions by itself and in relation to other gear. There is no one aspect of fishing that can better your results more than proper effort and experience. Learn from your days on the water and observe everything. Each day of fishing that we spend sets the foundation for the next day. Think of your career as a “ladder.” Every day we fish we can add a rung to it. But we better make sure that the rungs are secure and will hold us while we work on the one above it. Otherwise we will fall down and utter momma’s no-no’s at the dam people around 3:30 while walking up the hill.

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Largemouth Bass Fishing Techniques – Early Spring Bass Fishing!

Spring is just around the corner. If you like me you are anxious to get out and go bass fishing. This largemouth bass fishing techniques article will point out some tips and strategies for early spring bass fishing.

As warmer, spring weather approaches and the water temperature in your favorite fishing spot starts to rise there are or will be a lot of changes going on in the environment that bass live in. Algae will begin to bloom and weeds will start to grow again. As this change starts to take place bait fish, crayfish, aquatic insects, frogs, and all the critters that bass like to eat will move from their winter refuges to shower water and come to life. When this happens the bass will follow and start cruising the shallow flats, bays, coves, and channels looking for food and spawning grounds.

Early spring is a great time to intercept these cruising bass in shallow water. Look for dark bottom flats, bays, coves, and channels on the north side of the lake or reservoir you are fishing on. The water usually warms up faster on the north side of the lake since it is exposed to more sun during this time of the year. Most of the bass in the lake will be looking for the warmest water available in early spring. Look for areas on shallow flats, bays, coves, or channels that have nice, green and growing weeds. Cast your lures along the insides of these weed lines or weed clumps. Target areas 0 to 6 feet deep.

Minnow or crayfish imitating jigs along with jerk baits or lipless crankbaits work well this time of year. Use smaller lures in early spring and try to "match the hatch." The bait fish and crayfish have not reached their full size yet so try downsizing your lures to give the bass a more natural presentation. This will also require you to downsize your line a size or two to give your lure the best action possible. Do not be afraid to let your lure go down into or graze the tops of the weeds. Try casting a jig or lipless crankbait out, let it sink to the bottom, and then pull it through or rip it out of the weeds, then let it sink to the bottom again, and repeat. This technique can provoke some pretty aggressive strikes during early spring.

Find the warmest water available, find some growing weeds in shallow water, downsize your lures and you will have found some valuable largemouth bass fishing techniques for catching early spring bass.

Source by Gregory Jackson

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Where's The Best Bass Fishing?

So you want to find the best place to find bass fishing in the country. Chances are you are not the only one. The best bass fishing has to be successful, challenging and of course prolific!

There as many theories on where to fish for bass as there are bass anglers. Depending on the time of year, the conditions in which you wish to fish, the type of bass for which you intend to fish, and a thousand and one other variables. The best advice available is that there are some great bass fishing locations in various great states in the United States, and based on your personal tastes, you just have to fish a few of them and find one that is convenient and works well for your personal tastes and fishing styles. One place may yield great results at one particular time of year and will actually dead the other, and likewise with a plentitude of other variables, but the following list of places and techniques for bass fishing will always give you good, reliable results within specific parameters .

Your first step should be to determine some basics about where to find the bass in any given body of water. A few specifics will almost always hold true no matter where you are fishing. In the first place, bass are found naturally within the continent of the United States. Largemouth bass prefer still water, and smallmouth bass like rough water. All bass like weedy areas, and you can often find them in areas providing lots of cover. If you find an area rich with lily pads on a cloudy day, you are quite likely to find bass there as well. Bass may be successfully fished all year round, but the best temperature for catching bass is between fifty and eighty degrees.

Bass tend to like a bait that moves. Whether it is live bait such as minnows or tadpoles or artificial bait like plastic worms, or brightly colored lures, bass strike at anything that catches their attention, so take advantage of that. During the spawn, using a black lizard around their spawning grounds, and the bass will react quickly, because they believe they are protecting their territory from aggressors.

Bass tend to react more slowly and become much more inactive during cold weather, so if you are fishing in colder temperatures, give your fish a little more time to react to the bait. Simply reel your bait in a little more slowly than you would on a warmer day.

If you are fishing in highly sunny days, fish deeper. If you fish in areas that provide plenty of cover and adjust your depth, you should have better luck during these times of the day.

If you take these bits of advice on technique and apply just a bit of common sense, you will find it much easier to catch fish in great locations such as Dixon Lake near San Diego, California. The 4th largest bass of all times was done on Dixon Lake. Since the year 2001, Lake Dixon has produced record sized bass. In fact, out of the fifteenth largest bass of all time, three of them have come from Dixon Lake. Those kinds of records can not be argued against. If you are looking for record size catches, it is safe to assert that Lake Dixon has to be in the running as the greatest place to catch bass in the country.

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Bass Fishing Tips – Best Bass Lures

This article will outline some of the most effective bass fishing lures available to fishermen. Are these the only options available? Of course not, but they are some of the best bass lures on the market as far as effectiveness is concerned. All of these bass lures are in my tackle bag and get used heavily in various bass fishing situations.

In various situations is a key phrase when it comes to bass fishing lures and tips. There are not bass lures that are the "be all end all" and will be effective in every situation. There are however bass lures that work very well in certain situations. The same rule goes for bass fishing tips. One tip is not going to make you catch bass like a professional, but good tips implemented in your own way can be extremely helpful.

The bass lures listed below are very effective, and any one of them could have made "best" for given fishing situations. The lures are being listed in no particular order.

  1. Shad Imitations – In many fishing hotspots shad are the main food source and shad imitations can be very effective bass lures. The key with shad imitations is that they look as natural as possible. That means that your lure looks as much like a live shad as possible. You can then imitate a wounded shad by jerking your rod tip and varying the speed of the recovery. Shad Imitations are a great bass bait.
  2. Berkley Sinking Minnows – Berkley sinking minnows could easily be considered one of the best bass lures simply because of their versatility. These bass baits can be fished on a Texas rig or wacky style. Plus These baits are a "Gulp" product which means they've been impregnated with bass catching scents, which makes them much more effective than traditional soft plastics. Sinking minnows are great in certain bass fishing situations.
  3. Joined Jitterbugs – Every bass angler worth his or her salt knows how effective top water fishing can be in the early mornings when the water is like glass. Well, jointed jitterbugs are an extremely effective top water bass fishing lure. When it comes to bass fishing tips, fishing joins Jitterbugs in the early morning is a great one. This is especially true in lakes and ponds with a healthy frog population. The traditional Jitterbug has long been recognized as one of the best bass lures available and the joint Jitterbug is no different.

Again, these are not the only choices available when it comes to fishing lures; they are just some of the most effective. I have all of them available to me for various bass fishing situations. For given bass fishing situations these bass lures are undetected the best. Having one or all of them available is a good idea for anyone who is serious about fishing for bass.

Source by Trevor Kugler

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Bass Fishing – Why Has It Become So Popular?

More and more people these days of all age groups and circles are starting to become aware of the attractions that bass fishing offers. Bass fishing does not exactly get the type of attention and coverage that other sports get. Rarely will you ever see any headline news about anything fishing related, whether it be television or any other type of media. It takes more than looking at bass fishing infomercials to comprehend why bass fishing is now the number one freshwater sport today in America.

Substantial Growth

In comparison to the other types of fishing, you might be surprised to learn that the popularity of bass fishing has increased by 70%. Moreover, in the last twenty five years the bass fishing business has grown by leaps and bounds, going from a million dollar to a bordering five billion dollar industry. Each year, the business still continues to grow.

These figures may cause one to wonder what all the excitement is about with bass fishing that has lead to this amount of growth in such as short period of time. The amount of media coverage is increasing, as tournaments are sometimes televised. Also, many are using it as a means for vacationing, especially with Florida being one of the hot spots. The creation of the associations such as Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) helped increase the popularity as well.

This is a sport that does not require a lot of equipment or experience to do for fun. Also, it does not need a certain amount of people to participate in, like team sports for instance. One can go out of his or her own if desired. Also, the cost of the equipment is not too expensive, opening the door for just about anyone regardless of income level to get involved.

Spending Time With Others

Fishing also allows families to get the opportunity to spend more time with one another. You can create special memories with your loved ones by sharing these joyful times together. This will certainly bring your family closer.

One of the new slogans that is making the rounds is 'Get kids hooked on fishing, not drugs'. This is actually a program for kids that helps them develop life skills. If you are a father, fishing is a great chance to spend time with your son and keep him away from any possible negative effects, such as drugs. Plus, there is nothing like being outdoors on a beautiful summer day catching fish.

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Fall Bass Fishing Tips with Chris Bulaw!

Fall can be one of the best fishing seasons of the year if you understand how the fish are acting. Fall means bass are feeding up on baitfish, so “match the hatch” is the name of the game. Check out which baits Chris likes to use to target bass in the fall!

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