Angler Education

Go Weightless for Prespawn Bass

As lakes warm in the spring, largemouth bass move into shallow cover in coves, canals, and harbors. They seek warming water offered by these spots that also provide plentiful baitfish. Bass are eager to feed, but not yet aggressive in the cool water. And they can be spooky in these shallow areas that also tend to be clear.Try fishing weightless or nearly weightless softbaits, including stickbaits, tubes, worms, and lizards. Weightless lures sink slowly and look lifelike as they rest in pockets among the vegetation. In deeper spots or if it's breezy, a 1/16-ounce weight makes it easier to present the baits.