During the month of March, Ozark lakes undergo big changes, and that can be a good thing for anglers! Right now, the surface temperature of the water is down, but, as lake water temperatures climb, bass metabolism increases, and the search for a meal causes a bass migration from deep water, toward more shallow feeding areas. Points, deeper flats, and shallow shoreline areas near deep, main lake water, attract bass ready to grab a quick meal.
The Alabama rig is working now! This is an exciting bait to fish, and many anglers have caught more than one fish on a single cast!!! Ask a fishing associate about this rig, how to fish it, and how to set it up. Take a rig home, and try it out as soon as you can.
Try a suspending jerk bait. Fish this bait slowly. Often, the slower this bait is fished, the more it will interest bass. In early March, many bass are still suspended in deep water, especially off main lake points. A jerk bait imitates a shad in distress because of extra cold water. Ask a fishing associate which bait and what color are working, and try one this month.
The Ned rig is working now. This bait is a small (maybe 3or 4”) Senko or similar type bait, that is attached to a small, light, mushroom type jig head. This set up works well when a front is passing through, when it is cold and windy, or other times when the weather is changing. When the bite seems to go away, and the fish seem to be in hiding, try one of these rigs. This small presentation often interests fish even when they ignore bigger baits. The Ned rig can be a day saver!
There is a jig bite now. Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom. Since a jig imitates a crawfish, it needs to move slowly, either from behind one rock, to the next rock, or it can fished as though swimming slowly just above the bottom. In either case, it is hard to fish this bait too slowly. In the month of March, bass are at all levels, looking for the most comfortable mix of oxygen and temperature they can find, from 4-45ft. Look for them, especially off or next to, main lake and secondary points. Try a 1/4 to 3/8oz swim jig, or a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round or football head jig, brown, peanut butter and jelly, or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple. Add scent to your jigs. The jig bite really comes on, as the water warms up. As bass patrol the lake points, looking for a meal, there is a big interest in crawfish!
Try fishing a drop shot rig, vertically. Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is. This technique works well, on suspended fish, particularly those on or near ledges or timber!
Cold weather increases the need for home heating, which can increase power consumption. Dam generation creates power. Generation from the dams causes current off main lake points, and that attracts the shad. Therefore, do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since fish congregate on and around these points, looking for shad and crawfish.
Black bass can be particularly difficult to find during the late winter. As the water warms, though, keep looking, and you can find a group of hungry fish, waiting for you!!!
They are out there!!!
Good Luck and Good Fishing!