Early Season Bass Tips
Bass can be found in just about every lake in Michigan, as well as in many of the rivers. They are the main species targeted in many tournament series, as well as by those who are just looking to spend some time on the water. Most anglers are more than ready to get out and fish by the time spring rolls around, but there are some things to keep in mind when fishing for bass in the early season.
Increase Your Odds
Here are some tips to increase every angler’s odds of catching bass in the early spring:
- Consider the water quality
- Water quality can have a huge impact on the success of bass fishing in early spring. Lakes that freeze over during the winter months will see a decrease in oxygen levels due to plants dying off. Rain in the spring can help replenish oxygen levels, as well as water levels. However, rain can also muddy up the water. Keep the clarity of water in mind when picking lures and places to fish.
- Fish shallow
- Once the water surpasses 50 to 55 degrees, bass will be getting ready to spawn. The increase in water temperature draws the fish into more shallow water. The primary places to focus on are large expanses of 10 feet or less of water, as well as areas with a lot of structure.
- Don’t give up on a spot too soon
- If one fish is caught in a particular area, it’s likely that there are more fish nearby. Although larger fish tend to stick to themselves, in the time leading up to spawning fish are more likely to swim in groups around prime spawning areas. The fish may not bite as much as they would if the water was a bit warmer, but it can be helpful to stick to an area for a period of time before moving to the next.
Luckily, during spring bass will bite a wide variety of lures. Jerkbaits and swimbaits work particularly well throughout the spring. To see what fishing lures are on sale, click here.