In the spring bass are moving from deep water holding areas into the shallow shorelines, feeder streams, and creeks. They are looking for places to prepare for spawning, and are actively on the hunt for food. At this time of year the most plentiful food source available to the bass are worms. The worms have washed into the water by the spring rains, and the winter melt off.
1. Warm Water – bass spawn between 65 and 70 degrees, so bringing a temperature gauge. By measuring the temperature of the water, you can predict what type of bass you are likely to catch. Male bass move from the deep waters into the shallows when the water temperature is between 65 and 68 degrees. Female bass on the other hand, move into the falls when water temperature is around 69 to 70.
2. Target Shallow Water – at this time of year there are hungry bass cruising towards the shoreline. Spawning bass will also be available in these locations, and are vulnerable when they are on their spawning beds.
3. Bring a Compass – the water in the north or northwestern corner of any lake will usually be slightly warmer. This is due to the position of the sun in the sky at this time of year.
4. Spawning Beds – before you cast you line, survey the shoreline. Look for hard bottom areas in 3 to 6 feet deep water for bedding bass. You can spot a bass 'spawning bed by its' circular indentation that is about 2 to 4 feet in diameter.
5. Bait – you will find bass swimming in two distinct modes: spawning bass and cruising bass heading for the shallows.
- Spawning Bass – use jigs, worms and suspended stickbaits
- Cruising Bass – use spinnerbaits or crankbaits