Bass fishing tips for early spring: location strategy

To be consistently successful in cold water spring fishing, you need to be in the right place at the right time. One of the best tips for early spring bass fishing is to focus on the location. Deciding when or if to exercise is important, especially when bass fishing is before, after, or after spawning.

Change baits at your first location after you’ve cast without a hit for a while. If this bait doesn’t produce either, try something else. After several selections of “trust baits”, doubts creep into the position. Here are some bass fishing tips for early spring in terms of choosing your next casting.

3 basic baseline positioning strategies for bass fishing:

1. Stay. Is that a transition area? While bass is fished in cold water in early spring, the bass moves to and from spawning areas. As the sun changes position and continues to warm the water, the bass should potentially move through places like the mouth of a stream.

What if you only catch small bass? There is an old saying that goes, “You don’t leave fish to find fish.” Even if the bass are all too small, the activity of catching and releasing these tiny fish will attract many times the attention of larger predators.

2. Move. What if you’re not sure if this is a transition area? Many professional bass anglers cover up water quickly. You put the trolling motor off and never turn it off. They follow the bank or depth contours of the ground and throw “reaction bait” or “search bait” such as B. wireless crank baits or spinner baits. Then slow down or stop with a hit or follow-up and switch tactics to something like a jumping stencil or slower soft plastic rig.

3. Move, but come back. The last of our 3 bass fishing tips for early spring is sometimes a place where you just need to rest. Maybe you yelled too quickly in your boat. Or maybe you started with a too aggressive bait. Or maybe the wind picked up or changed direction.

Knowing where and when to fish bass is an important part of early spring bass fishing in cold water. Subtle changes above water can mean big changes under water. However, before thinking about your next boat location, make sure the registry is up to date.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.

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