Springtime Bass Fishing TipsBy John Wilhite, Real Estate Broker
June 02, 2021
At a water temperature of 50 degrees or above, the big sows start to move from their winter depths and towards the shallows.
As we start to thaw out from the frigid months of winter,
many fishermen start to think about springtime bass fishing. At a water
temperature of 50 degrees or above, the big sows start to move from their
winter depths and towards the shallows. It is also one of the best times to
catch a trophy bass and enjoy some great fishing. Here are some tips to help you catch big one.
Have good, working
As the bass migrate from deep to shallow water, there are a
few things to think about if you want to catch that fish of a lifetime. The
first and one of the most important things to remember is to make sure your
reels are cleaned and in good working order. If you’re lucky enough to hook
that big girl, you want to make sure your equipment is ready to handle her.
Next, you want to think about respooling your line. Your
line is one of the most important tolls in your arsenal and it is often
neglected. I would highly recommend changing your line before the season.
It’s all about the
Now that you have new fresh line and your reel is in good
shape, it’s time to focus on your bait. If you have several rods, I suggest the
big bait hunter of the jig and craw. This is one of the best baits to use and probably
has caught more big fish than any other bait. I prefer to fish black, blue and
chartreuse, which is great for the muddy water from the spring rain. As far as
trailer, a big craw worm of your choice. The jig is a slow-moving bait and you
want it to displace as much water as possible.
Next, I would recommend a lizard with a tungsten slip
sinker. The tungsten is much more sensitive than lead or brass weights. The
type of hook is personal preference, but I recommend that you get a needle
point and make sure that it is sharp. I also recommend the Wicked Weights tungsten
weights and their jigs as well. One of the finest springtime baits that I use
is the half ounce Rat-L-Trap in any shade of red. This bait is a fish catching
machine and is always tied on during the spring. Fish it slow and steady and
then speed it up as the water warms.
Another bait I recommend would be a big 1/2 or ¾ ounce
spinner bait. I personally like the fire
tiger color because it is visible in muddy water and I like a blade that has
more vibration like a big Colorado blade. Fish it slow and try to have maximum
vibration. A buzz bait with a clapper to make maximum noise on the surface is
another great bait that a lot of folks do not use in the spring.
As you fish the larger baits, I would recommend a slow
retrieve. As the water warms up and the fish become more aggressive, and you
can speed it up a bit. Location is important. I prefer to fish in and around
timber, laydowns and in the water near a creek with a nice change in depth. Do
not forget the shallow flats as they can hold some great fishing.
If you try these baits and techniques, you will have a great
time and possibly hook the fish of a lifetime. God Bless and good fishing!
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About the author:
John Wilhite is a
United Country Real Estate auctioneer, real estate broker and land specialist
in Oklahoma. He is a lifelong horseman who has lived in the country his whole
life. He is also a dedicated sportsman who enjoys fishing and hunting with his
family. He has the experience and knowledge to help buyers and sellers of
fishing properties, hunting land, equine properties, farms, ranches and land
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