One of the most anticipated seasons to fish for bass in is Spring. In early Spring, pre-spawn bass are ready to feast! Another great aspect of Spring fishing, is that you won’t need to carry as many tackle and bait options with you! As always, you can experiment with what baits are working for the time and place you happen to be, but I have found that these four options have been the most effective for me, during Spring.
Many anglers know that using a jig is a great way to consistently catch bass no matter what time of year it is. Jigs are a great option for Spring, as they can be used effectively even in the cooler water. Another reason why I include jigs in my Spring tackle box is because they are also great for any body of water.
You can easily fish a jig in high grass and lily pads, or in clear shallows or deep bays. It is a good choice to select the proper lure, because regardless of the water temperature and cover, you will want to do your best at mimicking the prey that is typical for the bass in that location. Usually a jig with a gradual, or slow fall works best in the spring, as in cooler temperatures, baitfish tend to move more slowly.
Natural colors, like greens, browns, or the classic black/blue combo will usually do the trick, especially in high cover waters.
Small simple plastics are another great option for Spring fishing. There is no need for over-active, flailing lures. Remember, you want your bait and lure to appear as natural as possible to the bass. You can of course use your own imagination and experiment to find that sweet spot.
If you use a 3/16 ounce jighead, you will be able to move your small simple plastic along the bottom fairly quickly and not have to worry about getting caught up in any cover like tall grass or lily pads. I would also recommend using a spinning tackle which will help with your cast and also the fall after your lure hits the water.
If you want to be certain to grab the attention of the bass, a simple piece of metal is a great option! There are a variety of bait options that are effective to do this, but many of them focus on more shallow locations, and fish who tend to hang out closer to the surface.
With the right blade setup, you can easily lift up a bit on your line, until you feel the blade in action. Then you will allow it to fall back to the bottom, and repeat throughout your retrieval. Many anglers will tell you that it is typical for bass to bite during the fall. A blade bait will allow multiple falls with each cast, improving the likelihood of reeling in a catch.
Depending on the weather, you can choose a gold or silver blade. When the weather is cloudy, gold will be more effective, and silver is more appropriate for sunny days.
If you are fishing in a dense cover area, with lily pads, cattails, or thick weed beds, a lipless crankbait is the way to go. It will also allow you to cover more area more quickly. You can cast out directly in the weeds and use a quick retrieval to pull it through the cover.
I also recommend using a braided line with minimal to no stretch; this will help make sure that every catch makes it to the boat! As with all of these options, change up which bait you use, as each one will create a different sound, and you will want to play in to the preferences of the bass below.