Fishing Early Spring in the South
February was wet and cold, but the bass have one thing on their minds, spawning!!! The water temp is all we need to move up to get these momma’s doing their thing. Here at Ross Barnett, I am excited to see how the stable water will affect the early shallow fishing. If all goes well, the effect could result in a slug fest this spring. In the past, the variable water level in the early spring would have the fish moving in and out and really never allow the fish to spawn as they should, so the stable water should be really good for the spawn. For anyone that does not know, Pearl River Valley has changed the policy on water level from variable to keeping it stable year round.
With stable water and fairly clear water, the fish will be able to set up and stay until they are finished spawning. With that in mind, this is one of my favorite times of the year to fish. I will target the shallow fish with a couple different baits.
The Bass Pro Shops Magnum Flipping Tube is my go to bait in the black neon color, black with red flake. This 4 inch bait will allow you to use a larger XPS Superlock 4/0 hook and I like to use a 3/16 oz. BPS Black Brass Weight with a red glass bead between the weight and hook. I also use the BPS sinker/bobber stops above the weight. If you don’t peg the weight tight, you get a little click from the brass weight and the glass bead when you shake the bait. Target any open water in the vegetation and any stumps or wood on the spawning flats. One thing about the tube is they will eat it. Warning: RETIE OFTEN OR YOU WILL
The second bait I like to use is the Bass Pro Shops Sassy Sally Swimbait in the Black Blue Silver Flake using a XPS Superlock 4/0 hook and a 1/8 oz. BPS tungsten weight pegged using the BPS sinker/bobber stops above the weight. The Tungsten weight is a smaller profile that will allow the bait to be retrieved thru the grass with minimum snagging. Target the shallow spawning flats and cast and slowly retrieve back. Like the Tube, this is a lure that the big fish will eat.
Here are the set ups:
Bass Pro Shops Carbonlite Baitcast 6.4:1 ratio reel
***note that if the water is stained, you can use the XPS-8 advanced braid
God Bless and always catch and release so we can catch again.
Bass Pro Shops, Pearl, MS Fishing ProStaffer