From our area lakes to Tennessee, the bass fishing seems to be good right now.
I have received reports of bass being caught in shallow water on shallow running crank baits. This is a typical early spring bass fishing pattern. The bass move into the shallows as the water temperatures climb into the mid- to upper-60 degree range and follow the baitfish to feed up for the coming spawn. The bass will also look for shallow areas to nest and have their young during the spawn.
Several baits can be fished in this situation, but a top choice is a shallow-running crank bait, which runs a depth of two to six feet. This is the depth the bait will run on an average retrieve. Look on the pack the bait comes in before you buy it. It will tell you how deep the bait it designed to run. As far as color it is hard to beat a shad colored bait or chrome and natural colors. When you are looking for a good bank to fish watch for signs of bait fish breaking the surface close to the bank. This is a sign of active feeding bass. Make your cast out past the breaking fish and retrieve the bait back through the school. You can give your bait an erratic action by changing the retrieve action of your bait. This will look like an injured or dying baitfish to a bass and will draw a strike from a feeding bass.
There are rods that are made special to cast crank baits. They are long rods with a limber tip and a medium action backbone area. The longer rod helps in making a longer cast and to pick up more slack line off the water quicker on a hook set. And the most important thing the limber tip does is to hold pressure on a hooked bass. The crank bait uses a treble hook instead of a single hook. These can be thrown by a bass slinging its head back and forth, but the spring action of the limber tip will hold pressure on the hooks making it harder for a hooked bass to throw them. Most rods like this will have names on them like cranking stick or casting stick.
When you make your cast, make it as parallel to the bank as you can and work the bait back along the bank as much as you can this will keep your bait in the best area to locate feeding bass. The next time you fish for spring bass give shallow water crank bait fishing a try.
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