Best spring bass lures

Are you planning to go fishing in the spring? Spring means warmer water and an increase in bass metabolism. Depending on your part of the country, the bass behavior and the location are influenced by the current phase of the spawning phase. For this reason, anglers should bring a variety of spring bass fishing lures in preparation for this flurry of shallow water activities.

Here are some of the best spring bass lures:

Spinnerbaits. In warmer water temperatures the bass chases more and the fluttering pulse of a spinnerbait often leads to aggressive hits. The vibration of the blade (s) attracts bass even in cloudy water caused by heavy spring rainfall events. With a single hook in place, this lure is also relatively free of hooks when tossed along flat, weedy banks.

Swimbaits. This is another bait that usually has a single upturned hook to reduce hanging. It’s a quieter, more natural presentation that can continue to fool fish even in areas of high fishing pressure. Sizes and shapes vary widely, but a 3-inch paddle lure is a good place to start.

Flat crank bait. One of the best spring bass lures is a square bill crank bait. There are many colors, sizes, and designs, but for springtime I prefer a small or medium sized lure with a tight wiggle that is only a few feet deep. Experiment with different polling rates and rhythms. You can twitch it as topwater bait or play a little bit by running it deeper and bumping into structures like stumps and rocks.

Spring is a time when the bass has “woken up” from a pout of cold water, but can be predictably unpredictable due to the spawning phases. However, the best spring bass fishing lures are designed for shallower water. The bass moved flat not only because of spawning, but because the bank also doubles as an ambush to also awaken prey such as insects, frogs and crabs. And when new spring vegetation emerges, don’t forget to renew your fishing license.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org 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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