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Cold Water Spinnerbait Tips

By: Mark Hicks

Pro bass fisherman Terry Butcher of Talala, Okla., catches his biggest wintertime bass by slow-rolling a spinnerbait in water as cold as 47 degrees. The prime time for this tactic is after a sunny warm front has baked the surface water for a few days. This draws bass up from deeper water and puts them in a feeding mode. Carefully casting to fallen trees is the key.

Springtime is Swimbait Time

BY: Dan O’Sullivan

It’s spring throughout most of the country, and with the exception of the deep southern part of our land, the bass are in some stage of the prespawn period.  They are likely either just coming out of their winter haunts and filtering onto their first prespawn transition zones, or they have begun cruising spawning areas looking for a place to set up to spawn.

One of the best things about this time of the year is that the big females are up, and they are getting ready to strap on a serious feed bag in preparation for the arduous task of spawning.  What this means is that the chances of catching a larger than average bass in your lake increases.  In order to capitalize on this opportunity, you just have to appeal to their appetites.

There is no better way to do this than to toss a swimbait.

KVD: Cold Water Cranking

BY: Steve Price

It’s a cold, overcast morning, and while everyone seems more concerned about choosing jig colors for the 43-degree water, Kevin VanDam is already tying on crankbaits. Three days later, the crankbaits have caught 43 ½ pounds of bass, more than all but two of the tournament competitors.

That particular event was the 2008 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, and although the event was won on a jig, VanDam’s performance underscored not only his own expertise as a crankbaiter but also the versatility of diving lures in cold water, a fact many bass anglers don’t realize.

Spring Crankbait Fishing: The Basics

BY: Mark Hicks

Spring and crankbaits go together like peanut butter and jelly. Wide wobbling big bodied baits that look like crawdads moving shallow and tight wiggling baits that look like shad are just what bass are looking for as the water warms and they move up to feed. Knowing where and when to use each bait is key to your success.

KVD’s Prespawn Jig Tactics

BY: Kevin VanDam

Everyone knows the prespawn is a time to catch big fish.

Bass can be easy to pattern when the weather is stable this time of year, but they can be tricky to figure out during changing conditions because they make fast location changes.

The first step is to determine where they winter and where they go to spawn, then spend time searching between those areas.

Power fishing with spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jerkbaits can be very effective for locating prespawn bass, but a jig can be just as efficient when warranted.

Prespawn Flippin & Pitchin with Denny Brauer

By: Denny Brauer

There’s a lot of variance in February around the country when it comes to bass fishing. Some of the fish will be up on the beds and others will be just starting to move towards the beds. One thing is for certain, however, they’ll all be thinking about the spawn. That means they’re vulnerable to a flipping or pitching approach.

Look for them around suitable spawning areas. Generally that’ll be in the thickest cover they can find near a hard bottom area. I usually start near pockets or other backwater spots, but you always have to keep in mind where you’re fishing. If backwater spots are few and far between on your water, you might want to look around to see what else is available. I’ve seen many a largemouth bed on a big tree limb in standing timber over 40 feet of water. In Florida they often spawn on pad roots.

Why You’re Wrong About Cold Fronts

By Dr. Hal Schramm

Ever hear someone say, “It’s the only day I’ve got to fish, and a stinkin’ cold front is going to blow through the night before”? Maybe you even said it yourself, or at least thought it. I’m not about to dismantle the all-time most-accepted reason for lock-jaw bass and no-fish days, but let’s take an honest look at reasons why cold fronts often wreak havoc on the bass bite.

4 Lures You Must Throw in Early Spring

Fishing for bass in the early Spring is tricky for many anglers. Though the air is warming up – a welcome change for most – the water generally remains pretty cold for the earlier Spring months. It’s a time of transition in the weather and, therefore, that transition should be reflected in your fishing technique.

Four lures outshine everything else in your tackle box when it comes to versatility and their effectiveness when it comes to putting early season bass in the boat.