Early Spring Fishing
Early spring fishing can be very good or very bad depending on the weather conditions. There are a lot of frontal conditions that bring cold temperatures to your favorite fishing spots. Which can make the fish go into almost a dormant state and make it tough to get a bite. On the other hand a few warm days in early spring can make for some of the best fishing of the year, especially for big bass.
A good temperature gauge is more important this time of year than a depth finder. If you are fortunate as I am to have a Raymarine L470 fish finder, it has a built in temp gauge. In the spring I am going to ride the lake from one end to the other in my 929 Nitro and look at the water temp until I find the warmest water possible. Usually the north end of the lake or coves on the north side will be the warmest, but not always. If you have muddy water coming down the lake or a cold rain, you could have your warmer water nearer the dam area. One other main factor in water temp can be the wind, depending on which way it is blowing can affect a change of 10 degrees or more. I have seen it change many times from one side of the lake to the other overnight, simply by the wind shifting,
One other thing to remember is as the day goes on it will usually warm up so the bass are almost always biting better as the day goes on. It only takes a couple of degrees change to get the bass active. A lot of times we fish through an area with no bites and someone comes through the same area later and catches fish. So if you have an area that has produced fish in the past or an area you feel good about, stick it out for the later bite. I remember a tournament last year where Mark Davis told me he never had a bite before noon but then caught good stringer each day after just a few degrees change.
When you start out early on cold days make your presentations slow. I like a smaller Zoom finesse worm or Zoom centipede on a Carolina rig that I can fish slow. I also slow roll a 3/4 to1 oz. Ledgebuster spinnerbait along the bottom or just over the top of the grass. A Bass Pro Shop 3/4 oz. tungsten jigging spoon is a prime lure to use in these conditions, as you can keep it in front of the bass for a period of time. I spray all of these lures heavily with Jack's Juice crawfish or garlic scent, this really helps when fishing is slow.
If you have found a good looking ledge, point or brush pile make repeated casts to it, as if you know there is a bass there and you are trying to make him bite. You have to really aggravate them into biting sometimes,
One thing I have done this spring that really worked well was to fish a Zoom vibra-flex worm. I will break the tail off the worm, dip about an half inch of the tail chartreuse (Spike-it dye), using green pumpkin or watermelon seed, a 3/0 Mustad Denny Brauer flippin' hook rigged Texas style, 8 pound Stren Super Tough line, a Bass Pro Shop Woo Daves' spinning rod and simply cast this lure to structure and let it fall slowly on a slack line. Once it gets to the bottom I will barely move it almost taking my rod tip and just quivering it, bass can't stand it if they are in the area.
Run your Motorguide, as slowly as possible and when you think you are fishing slow, slow down some more, in other words it's almost impossible to fish too slow at times. May God bless you in your fishing.