Early Spring Bass Fishing: 3 Tips You NeedTo Know!Glenn: Holy crap, I can’t believe that. Keri: Fish!Fish!Look at that little guy, little buckaroo. Fish!Glenn: Yeah. Even after a cold front. Keri: He was hungry. He said he was hungry, little buck. Glenn: Yeah, I’ll take it. Keri: Yeah. Glenn: Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today, I wanna talk about early springfishing and how to catch them. Early spring is a great time to be out fishingbecause now the fish are moving up from thewinter, where the deep spots where they’vebeen all winter long. Now they’re starting to move out and gettingready to feed, getting. . . in preparation forthe spawn. So, that’s a great time to get out there andstart whacking them. But it can be difficult to find them sometimesbecause, you know, you’ve got fronts thatare coming through. The fish are still deep in a lot of places. It takes a while to figure out where they’removing up shallow. So, today I wanna go through, kind of, a methodologyin how to find them, and then what baits touse, and the approach to catch these early-springbass. So, let’s start off with finding the warmwater. You wanna find the warmest water in the lake. Now, it’s funny. Back in the ’70s and the ’80s, when I waswatching Orlando Wilson, and Bill Dance, RolandMartin, and watching Bassmasters and In-Fishermen,reading all these magazines, seems like theyalways said, “Go to the northwest corner ofthe lake because it warms up first. “I don’t know about you, but that’s never workedout for me. I don’t know what lakes they’re fishing, wherethat occurred, and maybe it works for them,and maybe it happens to work for you in yourneck of the woods, but from my experience,northwest corner of the lake doesn’t seemto warm up faster than everywhere else. So, I’ve had to learn a different way to findthe warmest water in the lake. So, let me walk you through this. This is a pro tip stuff because this is thestuff I’ve learned on my own over the decades. So, first off, what you wanna do is look ata lake map and find the little shallow coves,the shallow bays, not way deep, big, hugeflats and the backs of flats. That’s not what we’re looking for right now. The bass aren’t gonna be moving up that shallow,but areas that are relatively shallow comparedto the rest of the lake. There’s less volume of water in these areas,and if they’re protected like a little bayor cove from the wind, they all warm up fasterjust because there’s less volume to warm up. Especially if you get some sunny days, it’llstart to warm up a little bit. So, those are the main areas I start to target. But there’s more to it than that. Another way that I find these warmer areasis I pay attention to the weather. And it may not be from what you’re thinking. I’m not going where you’re thinking. I mean, sure enough, if you get several daysof warm weather, sunny days, it’s gonna warmthe lake up overall, and those shallow areasI just mentioned will warm up a little bitquicker. There’s truth to that. However, what I’m looking for is very specificthings. I want daytime and night time temps to befive or more degrees warmer for longer thanthree days, stretch longer than three days,but I want it to be five or more degrees warmerthan what it’s been for the past several weeks. So, I wanna see that warming stretch, andI wanna see it combined with rain, the morerain, the better. Nothing warms up a lake faster than warm rain. But there’s more to it than that because that’sjust, like, the sun, again, warming up theentire lake. What I’d like to focus on during those times,if I get that stretch of three or more dayswith warmer weather and with rain, is I liketo target tributaries, creeks, anywhere wherewater’s coming into the lake. The areas around that will be warmer due tothat warmer water coming in. And you can have little hot spots all overthe lake, even though it may not be a flator a cove, but just that area will be a littlebit warmer than the rest of the lake. And that can turn on the whole ecosystem,and the bass could be in there feeding onthem. Now, there’s even more to it than that. I also like to target culverts. Where there’s maybe street runoff, or maybesome other streams where they’ve built culverts. A lot of times, these culverts are under thewater. They’re not marked on maps. They’re sometimes hard to find, but this iswhat you need to do, is learn your lake andfigure out where those are because those canbe real hot spots, real hot spots. And there’s a lake that I fish all the timethat’s got seven of these in the lake. And what I’ll do is I’ll just run around fromspot to spot to spot, after we’ve had thislong period of rain, and just keep going around,just do a milk run. And I can catch fish all day long doing thatbecause each section will replenish itselfby the time I get back to it. So, that’s how you find the warmest waterin the lake. But let’s move on a little bit to the baitsyou wanna use. Now, the key thing during this time of yearis that the baitfish that the bass are feedingon are gonna be at the largest they’ve beenall year long. What you’re looking at is what’s the resultsof the spawns from last spring and last summer,and they’ve had all this time to grow. So, there aren’t any little, small minnowsand fry going around until maybe the perchspawn and when the temperatures get aroundin the low 50s, mid 50s. But until then, there really isn’t any smallbaitfish around. So I use big baits. I use jigs that have 60 or more strands inthem. I like to use swim jigs that have big trailerson them like Space Monkeys. And then, I like to use 3/4-ounce spinnerbaitswith trailers on them that have big bladeson them. I like to use 1/2-ounce and 3/4-ounce liplesscrankbait. I mean, you get the idea, right?They’re all larger-sized baits that I’m usingthis time of year because that’s what thebass are accustomed to seeing right now intheir environment. And that’s what they’re fishing, where they’llbite bigger baits during this time of year. Keri: There you go, little guy, little tinyguy. They’re getting smaller. Glenn: Yeah. Well. . . Don’t do that. Go play. Amazing how a little guy like that can hita worm this big. The other thing to keep in mind during thespring is to keep moving. The bass. . . what they’ll do is, yeah, they’llhit these areas that I just mentioned andthey’ll bite in those areas. But they’ll find these little areas that youmay not be able to find really well on yourmap that may have some cover, some structureon that don’t really show up as well, justa little stretch. It might be a little point that comes outwhere there’s a floating dock on it, or maybea dock that’s got pilings on it. It might be a little drop with some chunkrock on it next to a shallow area. And the bass. . . you won’t know whether they’reon it or not unless you fish it. So, what you need to do is cover a lot ofwater, fish pretty fast and effectively, goingdown the bank to find these areas. But here’s the key, a lot of these bass arein large schools. So when you catch a fish, you need to slowdown and fish that area thoroughly. And that’s hard to do because we’re used togoing down the lake. We’d go down the bank, boom, boom, boom, boom,suddenly, bang, you catch a fish, and you’relike, “Aha. That’s the key, that’s what I need to do tocatch fish. “And so you just keep on going down the bankat that speed. Well, don’t do that because you just foundthe fish, and you’re gonna go right on bythem if you keep doing that. So, drop the Power-Poles, and break out thoseslower-moving baits, and cover the area thoroughly,catching as many fish as you can. And when you feel there really aren’t anymore to catch, lift the Power-Poles up, moveanother boat-length or two down the shoreline,and drop those Power-Poles and, again, fishit thoroughly until you’re certain that therearen’t any more fish to catch in that area. Pick up sticks, pick up speed, head on downthe shoreline even faster until you catchanother fish, and then slow down again, rinse,lather, repeat. And that’s the way to go after these early-springbass because they’re not gonna be all up onthe shallows everywhere. It’s gonna be in these little pockets or groups. And that’s how you find them. Anyway, that’s the approach I use and theway that I find these early-spring bass. I hope those tips work for you. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.