With the warmer air and water temperatures, the spring fishing season is heating up. Besides the weather, the biggest obstacle in spring is deciding what species to target. Typically I am too restless to spend all my efforts on one species. However this is one of my favorite times of the year to target Largemouth Bass and I will spend more time pursuing bass than other species in the Spring. Don’t worry Mr. Trout, I have not forgotten about you either.
With the longer sunny days and bass preparing for the spawn, I have been hitting several reservoirs near my house on the Peninsula. The fishing has not been on fire but I have managed to grab a few nice bass on each outing and some decent Chain Pickerel have made a showing as well. Until the spawn, my go to setup and lures are spinnerbaits, jerk/stick baits, lipless baits and crank baits. Most of my bass have come off my Rapala X-Rap’s and SPRO Little John MD crank bait. I have most success targeting northern portions of the main lake in 8-10 feet of water adjacent to spawning flats. With the constant north winds and cold fronts the bite has been slow or nonexistent on many lakes in the earlier part of the day. Later in the afternoon once the water temp rises a degree or two the bite turns on.
|Can't resist a Rapala Original Minnow|
|Another quality Largemouth|
For the first time, this Spring I have been able to avoid the lower Southern Branch and the horde of boaters and kayakers by fishing some less pressured and often over looked sections way north. Two Sundays ago I was greeted to a beautiful 70 and sunny, but the winds from the S-SW were harsh and made the 6 mile paddle exhausting. With the tide starting to come in I was able to get up into the first rest stop and quickly pick up a couple of 18-19” specks on a Bass Assassin Goldfish 4” Sea Shad in some super skinny water. After a few more stops and nothing happening I decided to make my way up to a stretch of sandy beach and stretch the legs. While casting from shore, using mirror lures ttr and 52m, I quickly started hooking up, this time they were little baby stripers.
|Lure is almost as big as the Striper.|
A few casts later and wham! I hooked up to what felt like a trommel from Gold Rush Busting on the surface it was headed straight towards me. Talk about a heart stopper, this made me a little nervous and it felt like a paper worthy fish - or so I hoped. After a few strong runs I was able to get the net to this fatty Speck. After a quick visit to the hawg trough it just wasn’t meant to be and came up ½” shy.
Ya gotta love this weather with Summer around the corner and nonstop fishing on the horizon!