The early spring months treated us a little different this year compared to years past. March and early April were filled with high winds and cold fronts keeping the water temperature down. Finally, old Ma' Nature has finally listened to the fishermen's prayers because it's official...spring is here! Not only do us anglers feel the swing in the temperature, big ole' bucketmouths feel it too! These fish wasted no time in adjusting to the change. The early pre spawn feeding and staging pattern quickly swapped over to bed making with a little bumping and grinding. "Bow-chicka-bow-wow!"
I paid close attention to the location of the first areas with beds from last year and used that "data" to determine the first spots I was going to check out. My first trip in search of bedding bass was more like a scouting trip than anything. I only had a couple of hours to fish after work so I couldn't afford to waste time. Wouldn't ya know it, these beds were in the same exact spots as last year. Fish are no different than any other living thing, they're creatures of habit. This "recon" trip was a good one. 3 fish were landed between 16" and 19". I didn't get pictures of the 19" due to technical difficulties, but here is a plump 18".
The next outing was a double header; first stop was at Joe Underwood's lake of choice followed up by my lake of choice. Joe could only fish the first part of the day so we headed to his lake first. Joe had a well thought out game plan that had me interested from the start; hit some lay downs and ledges early, then look for beds as the sun peaked.
Round 2 in this bassin doubleheader was at the lake I fished earlier in the week. I used the early part of the outting to cover half of the lake standing up and staring down into every square foot of shallow shoreline cover looking for beds. Some were found, but most were in the area that I had previously searched out earlier in the week. Not only did I find more beds than I saw before, most of them had some good sized fish on top of them. Each fish landed took a little bit of work. Some wanted to see the buffet of finesse baits and 30 minutes of enticing before they would actually pick it up to remove it from the bed. Maybe it's home field advantage, but this lake was more generous than the first. 3 more were landed between 17" and 19.25". The 19.25" was pretty heated when a weightless wacky rigged Senko decided to do the Harlem Shake in her king sized bed.
|19.25"...Not a fan of the Harlem Shake|
~See ya on the water!