Anglers that enjoy shallow water bassin', especially
bed fishing, your time is now. With the recent warm
weather we have been experiencing, the bass have moved
into shallow water for their annual courtship referred
to as the spawn.
As water temperatures increase to the mid 60's and
hold there for several days, the bass move into the
creeks and flats on our area lakes. Spinnerbaits and
other shallow water baits like a soft jerkbait or
floating worms can be deadly on these green beasts.
We have been experiencing warm, sunny days without
rain, or at least not much rain. The lack of rain
allows the water to clear up in the creeks making
it possible to actually see bass on the beds, which
happens to be one of my favorite types of bass fishing.
There are so many ways and techniques to try and
catch bedding bass, it would take way too much time
to describe how to it. Authors of fishing books have
written volumes on how to approach this particular
style of bass fishing. My advice would be to get out
on the water and check it out for yourself. If you
will make yourself think like a momma or daddy bass
with babies, you'll know that they want to protect
their young. Plastic lizards and other creature baits
will often generate strikes from bedding bass that
are trying to protect their offspring. Stanley jigs
(http://www.fishstanley.com) makes a red
perch spinnerbait that I have taken several shallow
water bass on already this year. It simulates a perch,
one of the bass' favorite foods and an enemy of baby
bass. Take advantage of the great weather we are having
and try this challenging, yet often rewarding way
to catch bass.
I would caution you to remember that this is the
spawn, the time of year bass reproduce. No matter
what size fish you might catch please practice catch
and release. Our kids need these fish to be returned
to the lake so they will have some to catch during
lifetime. If you catch that fish of a lifetime, take
some pictures, measure it and carefully return it
to the water near where it was caught so it can return
to the spot it might be protecting it's young.
If you have specific questions, please feel free
to email them to me. It won't be long until everyone
will be saying, " sure it hot, ain't it?"
so get out there and enjoy this beautiful time of
Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors.
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