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Largemouth Bass Prespawn Tactics

With weather conditions stabilizing following a turbulent spring, largemouth bass are moving shallow in earnest, feeding aggressively prior to constructing nests for spawning as the water temperature rises above 60º F.   In most cases, bass gather in areas with some type of flooded wood cover that offers safety and security. Fallen trees, logs, stumps, [Read more…]

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After spawning, roving schools of white bass roam bays, flats and offshore basins. The fish feed aggressively, and reveal their location by “busting” baitfish on the surface. Cast small crankbaits, spinners, or jigs near the surface where fish are present.

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Largemouth vs Smallmouth Bass

With the cold weather we’ve experienced the past few weeks, water temperatures have receded as much as 6 to 8 degrees. Bass and panfish that were nosing around potential nesting sites likely dropped slightly deeper, waiting for conditions to improve.   In many areas, spawning has been delayed for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Even [Read more…]

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Largemouth bass react to rising water levels by moving into the back reaches of newly-flooded bays and coves. Rather than searching acres of flooded timber, focus on steeper, harder-bottomed bank sections with submerged rock or wood cover.

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Weedless bass jigs and worm rigs dressed with softballs often feature large, heavy-wire hooks. Palomar and snell knots usually work best with braided superfine for powerful hooksets and yanking bass out of cover.

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Changing weather and water conditions may shrink or expand the strike zones of gamefish like smallmouth bass. Match your lures and tactics to the prevailing conditions to maximize fish response.

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Smallmouth mood ranges from aggressive to selective during early spring. Subtle jigging tactics excel when shallow fish are finicky feeders.

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