Bass fished for a few hours Saturday evening. Hoping to get lucky and catch a hungry one feeding up for spring spawn. No luck -
I threw a larger swimbait, and also slow rolled a two blade spinner across primary rocky points in 8-12 feet of water. Also threw a jig and creature trailer around docks, and for a little while off a rock wall/ledge run. I fished everything slow-
Weather was great for a day in February. But water temps were still cool of course - 42-43 degrees when I checked.
So, any of you accomplished bass guys have any quick pointers for me on how to bass fish next 3-4 weeks? Appreciate any advice , I haven't put much time into bass fishing the lake during prespawn - but would like to learn.
Post by flintster55 on Feb 18, 2019 9:45:07 GMT -5
I really like a jerkbait or A rig this time of year. Nothing wrong with a jig if you can find some hungry prestaging fish down deep. I'll be down Sat and Sunday this weekend practicing for a tournament next weekend, so I will let you know how it goes.
I'm not a bass guy, and I haven't visited sml lately but I'm still getting very healthy bass at philpott jigging them from 30-70' deep. I'm finding isolated patches of timber and searching in the vicinity for bait. The fish are usually right under the bait and eat it in a hurry. Lots of 4-6lbers doing this. The water is still only 44-45 there in the mornings and most of the bait still has not come up yet. Once the bait comes up, the fish will too.
Its tough to do this starting out, because its a game of searching for a needle in a haystack. But once these patches of timber are located, they can be revisited quite frequently with good results. The bait tends to stay nearby, and the fish know where the restaurant is.
Thanks for the advice guys. And ....nice fish drag.
Johnr - fishing 30 feet and deeper for bass is something I can't say I've done. Well, one time we did catch a few drop shotting that deep when I fished with a friend in Texas with a guide. Guide caught most of the fish, I think I caught one that deep.