Spring time is a great time for the angler! Fish begin coming o the bank, and are easier to find and catch! The annual spring migration starts with bass staging on points on the main lake, at the mouth of coves. As water warms up, bass move into the coves, often hugging the bank, as they journey deep into the coves. Any warm spring rain, will drive the fish into the very back of the coves, as they seek warmer water and the bait fish and craw fish that move in the same direction.
Square billed, shallow running, crank baits, will begin working as the fish move into the shallows. On any windy, rainy day, try a spinner bait. Top water hard and soft baits will begin working this month, as will wake and swim baits. Ask an associate to help you find the right baits for the day you are going out. All finesse baits, such as shaky head jigs, finesse Carolina rigs, Texas rigged short worms and lizards, will work this month.
There is a jig bite now. Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom. A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock. It is hard to fish this bait too slowly. Right now, bass are at all levels, looking for the most comfortable mix of oxygen and temperature they can find, from 2-35ft. Look for them, especially off or next to, main lake and secondary points. Try 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 an interest in crawfish! Remember, fish this bait slowly!
Don’t forget the Wiggle Wart bite! It comes on fast, lasts two weeks, or so, and the action is fantastic! Be on the lake at this time, if you can, and have a Wiggle Wart tied on.
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 fish suspended on the sides of main lake points. You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.
Remember, during this time of the year, as the sun warms the water, or if there is a warm rain, fish will begin to move into the coves, first just inside, the main lake pints, then straight into the backs of the coves. Warm rains will accelerate this migration. When you have fish concentrated in one area, it can make for an unbelievable day of fishing.
This is THE month of the year, for fantastic fishing!!!
They are out there!!!
Good Luck and Good Fishing!