Glenn: Boy, he came out and smacked it hard. Come here, you. Got you on a jig, buddy. This is a good one. Got a face full of jig right there. It’s a good fish. He wanted it. Boy, he wanted it. That works. We’ll let you go, little buddy. Here we go. Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today, I wanna talk about the top fivebaits that I use throughout the springtimeto catch fish. Now, understand, there’s a lot more otherbaits out there that work throughout the spring,so if I don’t mention your favorite bait,don’t get upset. But I’m talking about the top five baits thatare effective from early spring, all the waythrough to post-spawn, that you can use effectivelythe entire time. So, let’s start with the jig. The jig is probably the most versatile lureyou can have in your arsenal. It works year-round, but especially workswell in the spring because the bass duringthis whole wintertime. . . crawdads have beenburied up in the mud, they’ve been essentiallyhibernating, and haven’t been available tothe bass. And those are protein-rich, slow-moving snacksthat they love to feed on, especially as they’regetting ready for the spawn. And so, in the early spring, a jig is perfectfor those conditions because it resemblesa crawdad. But even throughout the spring, these fishwill continue to feed on them, so it’s effectivelure to use all the way through to the post-spawn. So, I’ll use a jig, starting out at the beginningof the season out on those deeper main lakepoints and secondary points, fishing it veryslowly. And I’ll use a larger-sized jig with a bulkytrailer on it because I want it to look likea nice, big meal for them. That’s an easy target because it’s movingsuper slow. It’s hard for them to resist that in thistime of year. So, I’ll fish that way early in the season,and then as I move shallower, as the seasonprogresses, I’ll start targeting every kindof cover that I can see, usually, with a 3/8-ouncejig with a Rage Craw trailer on it. I’m targeting stumps, laydowns, pockets ofweeds, points in weeds, docks, and I’m alsolooking at the creek channels. If the creek bend swings up right next tothe shoreline you got that steeper drop, that’sa great area to fish jigs, or on the insidebends of creeks back in the coves when it’skind of a flat. . . if it’s got cover on it,especially, like stump field, or chunk rock,or maybe some weeds on it, that’s a greatplace to target jigs during the spring. And then, even during the spawn, you can throwjigs on top of beds and get bit that way. And even during the post-spawn, I like tothrow jigs right up into balls of fry, anda lot of times, there’s bass that are guardingthose fry, and they’ll come up and smack me,and you can catch them that way. I only ask if you’re catching fish duringthe spawn or post-spawn and they’re guardingfry, please release immediately so they canfinish doing their thing to ensure a successfulspawn. Now, the next bait that I like to use throughoutthe spring is a crankbait. During the early part of the season, I’m usinga deeper-dive crankbait to target those deeperstructure areas that I mentioned earlier. Great effective way to fish. And that’s when, you know, water temps arein the mid to upper 40s, I’ll start usinga crankbait then. Yeah, fish will bite them, absolutely. So, that’s a great way to fish those deeperareas, and I crisscross those points and crisscrossthose ledges and drop-offs with those deeper-divingcrankbaits. As the fish gets shallower and they get moreactive, I’ll switch over to a lipless crankbaitlike a chrome with blackback or a chrome withblueback, lipless crankbait, and I like tofish the outside weed lines or just the emergingweeds, like, big flats where the milfoil andthe hydrilla are just starting to grow. It’s a great area to just burn a lipless crankbaitacross the top of it, particularly if there’ssomething. . . another piece of structure there. Say, for example, some boulders are scatteredaround, or logs, or maybe some stumps, somethinglike that. I’ll bring that Rat-L-Trap right over thetop of them or right next to them, and sometimesI’ll just kill it right next to it, and thebass will just crush it. Another great bait to use during the springtimeis a spinnerbait, and I like to use it throughoutthe spring. Starting when the water temperature gets inthe upper 40s, I’ll start using a 3/4-ouncespinnerbait, and I’m throwing that in deeperwater, again, those same points, ledges andhumps that I was targeting earlier in, youknow, 20 feet of water, 15 to 30 feet of water,targeting with a spinnerbait, slow-rolingit very slowly, and crisscrossing those areas. A lot of times, what I’ll do is I’ll graphover the tops of those areas first to seeif there’s any cover that might hold thosefish, like chunk rock, boulders, maybe someirregularities in the point, and I’ll bringthe spinnerbait right across those areas. And a lot of times, you get bit. You don’t see the bass on your graph, butthere’ll be hiding. . . they’ll be so tight tothat cover that they’ll just appear as thatpiece of cover. That’s okay, just target that cover and alot of times you’ll get bit. As the spring progresses, I’ll start movingup shallower, I’ll target those secondarypoints, those deeper weed lines. I’m looking for deeper, submerged structureor cover such as flooded bushes, flooded timber,that sort of thing. And then, as we get even further into thespring where it gets really shallow, now I’mgoing across the flats. I like to bring it across the flats two differentways. One is a medium retrieve. If there’s weeds that are submerged or anykinda cover, I’ll bring it nice and slow acrossthat. Or if the fish are really aggressive, I’llbring it back really fast. I’ll burn that spinnerbait back so quicklythat it’s just under the surface where it’skinda bulging the surface, but not breakingit. It’s a great way to fish it. They react to it. They’ll be sitting in those weeds and justsuddenly, boom, it just comes flying overtheir head, and they’ll just react to it andcrush it. So, it’s a real fun way to catch a lot offish quickly and cover a lot of water effectively,just bulging the surface and covering a lotof water. But a spinnerbait to me is one of the moreeffective ways to catch bass throughout theentire spring because you can slow-roll iton the outside weed lines. When a front has come through, and those fishare pulled off, and they’re a little bit deeper,and they’re buried up in those weeds, andthey don’t wanna attack baits that much, youcan drop it down at 10 to 15-foot zone onthe outside weed line and slow-roll it pastthose bass that are sitting buried in thoseweeds. Or if maybe there’s some submerged bushes,or flooded bushes, maybe some timber or somethingthat’s deeper, just bring it right by thatnice and slow with a slow-rolled spinnerbaitduring a cold front condition. And I don’t know what it is, but even thoughthose fish seem to be lethargic and unwillingto chase baits, they’ll come up and crushthose spinnerbaits even under cold front conditions. So, it’s a very effective way to catch fishduring those tough conditions. But then, even during the spawn, I’ll bringthose spinnerbaits right over the top of thebeds like I did with the lipless crankbait,and I’ll bring them through balls of fry duringthe post-spawn to catch those males that areguarding fry. Again, please release them right away so theycan finish their spawn. There you go. Nice. They’re in here. Keri: Come here, you. Glenn’s getting’ in the net. Come here, baby. Come here, come here. Oh, come on, Glenn. Come on, Glenn. There we go. There we go. He’s got a sore on his tongue. Yeah, he does. Glenn: The next bait, the fourth one on mylist that I use throughout the spring is aSenko, you know, or a YUM Dinger, soft plasticjerkbait or stickbait, depending on what youwanna call them. I’ll start using them even in the early springwhen it’s, you know, mid to upper 40s to low50s. I like to put them on a split shot on a smallersize, like a 3-inch, maybe 4-inch, but a 3-inchSenko on a split shot or a drop shot, andto target those deeper structure areas, likeI mentioned earlier, in the early spring,those main lake points, secondary points,drop-offs, humps, those things. I can work those areas very slowly, methodically. When those fish are still a little lethargic,kinda just waking up out of their winter slumber,this is a great way to attack those areasand catch a lot of fish. It also is a very effective way to fish whena cold front has come through and those fisharen’t as willing to bite faster-moving luresor bigger lures. I downsize and using those finesse tacticsto target throughout the spring is a greatway to. . . because they don’t have a lot ofaction to them, a lot of movement, which iswhat you’re matching, the environment andenvironmental conditions during the post-frontconditions. So, it’s a real effective way to catch them. But if I’m not fishing those post-front conditionsand the water temperature’s now has gotin to the low to mid 50s, now I start usinga 4 and 5-inch size stickbait, Texas-riggedwith a 2/0 hook, weightless. And I’ll throw it around all those areas ofcover that I mentioned previously, all thatstuff you can see that I mentioned before,those rocks, those stumps, laydowns, targetingfrom the cove entrances, all the way intothe back of the bays as the spring progressesinto the. . . the temperatures would go up intothe upper 50s and the low 60s and the fishare really shallow. It’s really hard to beat these baits duringthat time of year because they’re so effective,they have such a natural, easy fall to them. Just throw it out there on a slackline andlet it fall by itself. Don’t do a whole lot of work, jerking it anddoing all kinds of stuff, let it fall on slackline,and it falls horizontally just on its own. The key with that is watching your line. A lot of people gut-hook fish on these baitsbecause they’re not paying so close attentionto their line. Watch your line, you’re gonna see it justsuddenly give a little twitch or it’ll startspeeding off all of a sudden it’ll just startmoving away from you quickly. Just any kind of movement like that. . . well,you didn’t impart on it with your rod, sosomething on the other end did, and it’s probablya fish. So, when you see that, reel up all that slackand set the hook as quick as you can beforethey swallow it. And you can catch a lot of fish that way withoutgetting them gut-hooked. That’s the number one problem with these baits,but they’re very, very effective. You know, again, this is why fish like themso much, because they really do think it’ssomething natural, they eat it right away,they just suck it right down. So, great bait to use throughout the entirespring. There we go. There we go. Okay. Come on in. Got a little belly on him, he has been eating. That worked. Nice bright bluebird day, why not throw abuzzbait?Clear water. And then, finally, during the spring, anothertype of bait that I like to use is topwater,and very specific kinda topwater. There’s two specific kinds. One is buzzbait. I’ll start throwing a buzzbait when the watertemperature is in the upper 40s, believe itor not. But yeah, I’ve caught fish on buzzbaits whenit’s 49, 50-degree water temp over those mainlake structures. It’s not uncommon for a bass when they’reactive this time of year to come up 15 feetdeep to smash a buzzbait. The key is, is that you wanna use larger bladesso you can fish it slower and put on a bulkier,more buoyant plastic trailer on it, somethinglike a Rage Tail Space Monkey or using a 6-inchPaddle Tail, you know, swimbait on it, somethingbig, it enables you to fish it real slow andkeep it on the surface, and it offers a largerprofile for the bass to find them, and locate,and crush them. As the spring progresses, I’ll downsize, I’llmove a little bit smaller-sized buzzbait,and I’ll go to just, like, a twin-tail traileron it, something smaller that can move ita lot faster across the water. This is when you’re in the upper 50s and thelow 60s, when the fish are holding tight toshallow cover are up on those flats, activelyfeeding and chasing baitfish. This is a real effective way to catch themwith buzzbaits, just covering a lot of watervery quickly, and throwing it to all thatavailable cover that you see. A lot of times, the fish will come out crushingand they’ll scare the bejeebies out of youbecause they’re hiding on something that youdidn’t see, it was underwater. Could be a rock, could be a little indentation,maybe a ditch or something. But it’s a great way to fish when the fishare actively feeding. The other type of topwaters that I like touse is a toad and a hollow body frog. So, going on the other end of the spectrum,think of it this way, a buzzbait moves veryfast across the surface. On the other end of it, you can use a hollowbody frog because it sits, and floats on thesurface, and doesn’t move at all. So, this is a great, effective way to fishthose isolated pieces of cover that the fishare holding on when they’re a little morereluctant, they don’t wanna chase down a bait. You can bring that frog right to it, and letit sit, and just give it little twitches withyour rod tip, and make it look alive withoutmoving it away from that cover. And you’re gonna sit for 30 seconds, or aminute, or more, just let it sit, sit, sit,and then you give it a little twitch, andsuddenly, bam, the fish will hit it. Surprises you because you would think they’dhit it right away, but sometimes you haveto entice them or irritate them, dependingon your point of view, until they finallycome up and crush that frog. But you can fish that topwater really slowand get a lot of bites that way. The in-between range between a hollow bodyfrog and a buzzbait is a toad, like a RageToad. It’s a real subtle movement, you can fishthem slower. I fish it on a four-rod, keel-weighted hook,like a 1/4-ounce weight that’s got a screwlock on it, and I can fish it nice and slowacross the surface, gurgling, very subtlemovements, and I can drop it into those holesand those pockets in the weeds, on those bigflats, or next to a stump, or a rock, or anykinda cover, fishing along a dock and dropit right alongside the dock. A lot of times, those fish will track it underthe surface, and then when you kill it, that’swhen they crush it. They just can’t stand it, they just can’t. Just changes the action that they’ve beenseeing, and that change of action is whattriggers that bite. You know, and it’s effective at the very beginningof the spring, all the way through to wherethere’s balls of fry in the post-spawn. A toad, a frog, and a buzzbait are my favoritetopwater baits to use throughout the wholespring. So, those are my top five baits overall forspring fishing, top five types of baits touse throughout the spring. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.