Ever get on the water in early spring and just wonder where the bass are? Are there any tips that can help you hone in on their location and help you score soem of the largest bass of the year? You betcha and we have a few simple tips to get you started in the right direction.
This time of year, I always seem to get pretty reared up to get the largemouth groove on. Sure walleyes and other fish are biting, but there is just something that tells me to get out there and fish for bucketmouth.
So here are some guidelines I use to locate and catch fish this time of year.
Natural lakes...Bass are moving from deep water haunts into shallower water. They tend to do this faster in natural lakes than in reservoirs since there is a lot less deep cover. As the water continues to warm, they continue to move shallower. Mucky and dark bottom bays seem to concentrate these fish. These are usually located on the brother and north western shores of these bodies of water.
Keeping this in mind, the astute angler begins fishing for the largemouth in these general sections of a lake, focusing on the available cover options, like emerging weed beds, fallen trees stumps or logs, rocks etc etc.
Reservoir fish are generally a bit deeper this time of year with 12-18 foot being the best bets. Runoff from melting and spring rains muck the water clarity up in the upper 1/3 of the reservoir, so bass anglers should concentrate on coves, bays or creek arms located a bit further down the reservoir. Sight is a primary sense for largemouth and when this is reduced at this time of year, it makes catching them even more difficult.
One major thing to look for is the creek channel itself since the reservoir largemouth will follow this into the bays and creek arms. Irregularities will concentrate fish. such as a sharp bend in the channel, standing timber, etc.
The lure options available to you grow with each passing year. Soft plastics, spinner baits, suspending crank baits and shallow running cranks, all offer serious fish catching potential if you find the right conditions.
In reality, there isn't a whole lot to finding largemouth this time of year. Its as the year progresses that finding them can become harder. By following these simple guidelines, you can and will improve your fishing success
re: Bass Location
Yea a Stren mono or Berkley Trilene mono will work for you. Braid can actually lseesn your casting distance due to the friction it has going through your rod guides. It also is a pain to cut and knots can be an issue I only use braid when I fishing real heavy cover or real muddy water in close distance. Fluorocarbon is good for clear water but does not have much stretch and can give you fits especially on a spinning reel, if the spool is overloaded it will jump off like an insane slinky. I think Berkley makes a mono called Smooth Cast. Also practice casting at home using a 1/4oz or 1/2oz sinker. Casting a fishing rod is like a golf swing you get better the more you practice.?