More Pre Spawn Bass Fishing Tips

It is important to know when to bass fish because depending on your part of the country, bass may be awakening from a winter “sulk” and starting to transition into bass spawning season. Traditionally, this  pre spawn period (roughly March) is when the biggest bass are caught.

Here are some pre spawn bass fishing tips to keep in mind:

1. Because the water is still cold, bass metabolism is slow.  Bass won’t chase lures far; it is still more of a reaction bite. Casts need to be accurate to structures that may warm faster such as dark stumps or rocks. And the bite may happen on a drop or twitch right across the nose of these pre spawn bass.

2. Although sluggish, these pre spawn bass are hungry and big lures such as a jig and soft plastic combo may be the ticket. Similar to the fall bite, bass may focus on larger prey items and not bother to expend unnecessary energy with little snacks. 

3. Another pre spawn bass fishing tip is to not over think it. When you take the boat out for the first time this year, recall the spawning areas and focus on deeper water near there. Also try locations like the mouths of coves where these bass may be passing through.

By monitoring bass spawning season, anglers can have a good idea of the location and mood of their target species. This differs with temperature and location. By March 24th, for the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe near Houston, Texas, it is predicted that the spawn may be ending already. Wherever you are, before venturing out, make sure boat registration and fishing licenses are up to date.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.