5 Best Lures For Spring Bass Fishing | Bass Fishing

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 five
baits that I use throughout the springtimeto catch fish. Now, understand, there’s a lot more other
baits 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 that
are effective from early spring, all the waythrough to post-spawn, that you can use effectively
the entire time. So, let’s start with the jig. The jig is probably the most versatile lure
you can have in your arsenal. It works year-round, but especially works
well in the spring because the bass duringthis whole wintertime. . . crawdads have been
buried up in the mud, they’ve been essentiallyhibernating, and haven’t been available to
the bass. And those are protein-rich, slow-moving snacks
that they love to feed on, especially as they’regetting ready for the spawn. And so, in the early spring, a jig is perfect
for those conditions because it resemblesa crawdad. But even throughout the spring, these fish
will 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 beginning
of the season out on those deeper main lakepoints and secondary points, fishing it very
slowly. And I’ll use a larger-sized jig with a bulky
trailer on it because I want it to look likea nice, big meal for them. That’s an easy target because it’s moving
super slow. It’s hard for them to resist that in this
time 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 kind
of cover that I can see, usually, with a 3/8-ouncejig with a Rage Craw trailer on it. I’m targeting stumps, laydowns, pockets of
weeds, points in weeds, docks, and I’m alsolooking at the creek channels. If the creek bend swings up right next to
the shoreline you got that steeper drop, that’sa great area to fish jigs, or on the inside
bends 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 great
place to target jigs during the spring. And then, even during the spawn, you can throw
jigs on top of beds and get bit that way. And even during the post-spawn, I like to
throw jigs right up into balls of fry, anda lot of times, there’s bass that are guarding
those fry, and they’ll come up and smack me,and you can catch them that way. I only ask if you’re catching fish during
the spawn or post-spawn and they’re guardingfry, please release immediately so they can
finish doing their thing to ensure a successfulspawn. Now, the next bait that I like to use throughout
the spring is a crankbait. During the early part of the season, I’m using
a 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 are
in 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 deeper
areas, and I crisscross those points and crisscrossthose ledges and drop-offs with those deeper-diving
crankbaits. As the fish gets shallower and they get more
active, I’ll switch over to a lipless crankbaitlike a chrome with blackback or a chrome with
blueback, lipless crankbait, and I like tofish the outside weed lines or just the emerging
weeds, like, big flats where the milfoil andthe hydrilla are just starting to grow. It’s a great area to just burn a lipless crankbait
across the top of it, particularly if there’ssomething. . . another piece of structure there. Say, for example, some boulders are scattered
around, or logs, or maybe some stumps, somethinglike that. I’ll bring that Rat-L-Trap right over the
top of them or right next to them, and sometimesI’ll just kill it right next to it, and the
bass will just crush it. Another great bait to use during the springtime
is a spinnerbait, and I like to use it throughoutthe spring. Starting when the water temperature gets in
the upper 40s, I’ll start using a 3/4-ouncespinnerbait, and I’m throwing that in deeper
water, again, those same points, ledges andhumps that I was targeting earlier in, you
know, 20 feet of water, 15 to 30 feet of water,targeting with a spinnerbait, slow-roling
it very slowly, and crisscrossing those areas. A lot of times, what I’ll do is I’ll graph
over the tops of those areas first to seeif there’s any cover that might hold those
fish, like chunk rock, boulders, maybe someirregularities in the point, and I’ll bring
the spinnerbait right across those areas. And a lot of times, you get bit. You don’t see the bass on your graph, but
there’ll be hiding. . . they’ll be so tight tothat cover that they’ll just appear as that
piece of cover. That’s okay, just target that cover and a
lot of times you’ll get bit. As the spring progresses, I’ll start moving
up shallower, I’ll target those secondarypoints, those deeper weed lines. I’m looking for deeper, submerged structure
or cover such as flooded bushes, flooded timber,that sort of thing. And then, as we get even further into the
spring where it gets really shallow, now I’mgoing across the flats. I like to bring it across the flats two different
ways. One is a medium retrieve. If there’s weeds that are submerged or any
kinda cover, I’ll bring it nice and slow acrossthat. Or if the fish are really aggressive, I’ll
bring it back really fast. I’ll burn that spinnerbait back so quickly
that it’s just under the surface where it’skinda bulging the surface, but not breaking
it. It’s a great way to fish it. They react to it. They’ll be sitting in those weeds and just
suddenly, boom, it just comes flying overtheir head, and they’ll just react to it and
crush it. So, it’s a real fun way to catch a lot of
fish quickly and cover a lot of water effectively,just bulging the surface and covering a lot
of water. But a spinnerbait to me is one of the more
effective ways to catch bass throughout theentire spring because you can slow-roll it
on the outside weed lines. When a front has come through, and those fish
are pulled off, and they’re a little bit deeper,and they’re buried up in those weeds, and
they don’t wanna attack baits that much, youcan drop it down at 10 to 15-foot zone on
the outside weed line and slow-roll it pastthose bass that are sitting buried in those
weeds. Or if maybe there’s some submerged bushes,
or flooded bushes, maybe some timber or somethingthat’s deeper, just bring it right by that
nice and slow with a slow-rolled spinnerbaitduring a cold front condition. And I don’t know what it is, but even though
those fish seem to be lethargic and unwillingto chase baits, they’ll come up and crush
those spinnerbaits even under cold front conditions. So, it’s a very effective way to catch fish
during those tough conditions. But then, even during the spawn, I’ll bring
those 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 are
guarding fry. Again, please release them right away so they
can 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 my
list that I use throughout the spring is aSenko, you know, or a YUM Dinger, soft plastic
jerkbait or stickbait, depending on what youwanna call them. I’ll start using them even in the early spring
when it’s, you know, mid to upper 40s to low50s. I like to put them on a split shot on a smaller
size, like a 3-inch, maybe 4-inch, but a 3-inchSenko on a split shot or a drop shot, and
to 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 areas
and catch a lot of fish. It also is a very effective way to fish when
a cold front has come through and those fisharen’t as willing to bite faster-moving lures
or bigger lures. I downsize and using those finesse tactics
to target throughout the spring is a greatway to. . . because they don’t have a lot of
action to them, a lot of movement, which iswhat you’re matching, the environment and
environmental conditions during the post-frontconditions. So, it’s a real effective way to catch them. But if I’m not fishing those post-front conditions
and the water temperature’s now has gotin to the low to mid 50s, now I start using
a 4 and 5-inch size stickbait, Texas-riggedwith a 2/0 hook, weightless. And I’ll throw it around all those areas of
cover 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 into
the back of the bays as the spring progressesinto the. . . the temperatures would go up into
the upper 50s and the low 60s and the fishare really shallow. It’s really hard to beat these baits during
that 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 and
let it fall by itself. Don’t do a whole lot of work, jerking it and
doing 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 baits
because they’re not paying so close attentionto their line. Watch your line, you’re gonna see it just
suddenly give a little twitch or it’ll startspeeding off all of a sudden it’ll just start
moving 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 probably
a fish. So, when you see that, reel up all that slack
and set the hook as quick as you can beforethey swallow it. And you can catch a lot of fish that way without
getting 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 them
so 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 entire
spring. 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 a
buzzbait?Clear water. And then, finally, during the spring, another
type 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 water
temperature is in the upper 40s, believe itor not. But yeah, I’ve caught fish on buzzbaits when
it’s 49, 50-degree water temp over those mainlake structures. It’s not uncommon for a bass when they’re
active this time of year to come up 15 feetdeep to smash a buzzbait. The key is, is that you wanna use larger blades
so you can fish it slower and put on a bulkier,more buoyant plastic trailer on it, something
like a Rage Tail Space Monkey or using a 6-inchPaddle Tail, you know, swimbait on it, something
big, it enables you to fish it real slow andkeep it on the surface, and it offers a larger
profile for the bass to find them, and locate,and crush them. As the spring progresses, I’ll downsize, I’ll
move a little bit smaller-sized buzzbait,and I’ll go to just, like, a twin-tail trailer
on it, something smaller that can move ita lot faster across the water. This is when you’re in the upper 50s and the
low 60s, when the fish are holding tight toshallow cover are up on those flats, actively
feeding and chasing baitfish. This is a real effective way to catch them
with buzzbaits, just covering a lot of watervery quickly, and throwing it to all that
available cover that you see. A lot of times, the fish will come out crushing
and they’ll scare the bejeebies out of youbecause they’re hiding on something that you
didn’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 fish
are actively feeding. The other type of topwaters that I like to
use 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 hollow
body frog because it sits, and floats on thesurface, and doesn’t move at all. So, this is a great, effective way to fish
those isolated pieces of cover that the fishare holding on when they’re a little more
reluctant, they don’t wanna chase down a bait. You can bring that frog right to it, and let
it sit, and just give it little twitches withyour rod tip, and make it look alive without
moving it away from that cover. And you’re gonna sit for 30 seconds, or a
minute, or more, just let it sit, sit, sit,and then you give it a little twitch, and
suddenly, bam, the fish will hit it. Surprises you because you would think they’d
hit it right away, but sometimes you haveto entice them or irritate them, depending
on your point of view, until they finallycome up and crush that frog. But you can fish that topwater really slow
and get a lot of bites that way. The in-between range between a hollow body
frog and a buzzbait is a toad, like a RageToad. It’s a real subtle movement, you can fish
them 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 slow
across the surface, gurgling, very subtlemovements, and I can drop it into those holes
and those pockets in the weeds, on those bigflats, or next to a stump, or a rock, or any
kinda cover, fishing along a dock and dropit right alongside the dock. A lot of times, those fish will track it under
the 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 been
seeing, and that change of action is whattriggers that bite. You know, and it’s effective at the very beginning
of 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 favorite
topwater baits to use throughout the wholespring. So, those are my top five baits overall for
spring fishing, top five types of baits touse throughout the spring. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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