5 Best Lures For Spring Bass Fishing | Bass Fishing

5 Best Lures For Spring Bass Fishing | Bass Fishing

Glenn: Boy, he came out and smacked it hard. Come here, you. Got you on a jig, buddy. This is a good one. Got a face full of jig right there. It’s a good fish. He wanted it. Boy, he wanted it. That works. We’ll let you go, little buddy. Here we go. Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource.com. And today, I wanna talk about the top five
baits that I use throughout the springtime to catch fish. Now, understand, there’s a lot more other
baits out there that work throughout the spring, so if I don’t mention your favorite bait,
don’t get upset. But I’m talking about the top five baits that
are effective from early spring, all the way through to post-spawn, that you can use effectively
the entire time. So, let’s start with the jig. The jig is probably the most versatile lure
you can have in your arsenal. It works year-round, but especially works
well in the spring because the bass during this whole wintertime…crawdads have been
buried up in the mud, they’ve been essentially hibernating, and haven’t been available to
the bass. And those are protein-rich, slow-moving snacks
that they love to feed on, especially as they’re getting ready for the spawn. And so, in the early spring, a jig is perfect
for those conditions because it resembles a crawdad. But even throughout the spring, these fish
will continue to feed on them, so it’s effective lure to use all the way through to the post-spawn. So, I’ll use a jig, starting out at the beginning
of the season out on those deeper main lake points and secondary points, fishing it very
slowly. And I’ll use a larger-sized jig with a bulky
trailer on it because I want it to look like a nice, big meal for them. That’s an easy target because it’s moving
super slow. It’s hard for them to resist that in this
time of year. So, I’ll fish that way early in the season,
and then as I move shallower, as the season progresses, I’ll start targeting every kind
of cover that I can see, usually, with a 3/8-ounce jig with a Rage Craw trailer on it. I’m targeting stumps, laydowns, pockets of
weeds, points in weeds, docks, and I’m also looking at the creek channels. If the creek bend swings up right next to
the shoreline you got that steeper drop, that’s a great area to fish jigs, or on the inside
bends of creeks back in the coves when it’s kind of a flat…if it’s got cover on it,
especially, like stump field, or chunk rock, or maybe some weeds on it, that’s a great
place to target jigs during the spring. And then, even during the spawn, you can throw
jigs on top of beds and get bit that way. And even during the post-spawn, I like to
throw jigs right up into balls of fry, and a lot of times, there’s bass that are guarding
those fry, and they’ll come up and smack me, and you can catch them that way. I only ask if you’re catching fish during
the spawn or post-spawn and they’re guarding fry, please release immediately so they can
finish doing their thing to ensure a successful spawn. Now, the next bait that I like to use throughout
the spring is a crankbait. During the early part of the season, I’m using
a deeper-dive crankbait to target those deeper structure areas that I mentioned earlier. Great effective way to fish. And that’s when, you know, water temps are
in the mid to upper 40s, I’ll start using a crankbait then. Yeah, fish will bite them, absolutely. So, that’s a great way to fish those deeper
areas, and I crisscross those points and crisscross those ledges and drop-offs with those deeper-diving
crankbaits. As the fish gets shallower and they get more
active, I’ll switch over to a lipless crankbait like a chrome with blackback or a chrome with
blueback, lipless crankbait, and I like to fish the outside weed lines or just the emerging
weeds, like, big flats where the milfoil and the hydrilla are just starting to grow. It’s a great area to just burn a lipless crankbait
across the top of it, particularly if there’s something…another piece of structure there. Say, for example, some boulders are scattered
around, or logs, or maybe some stumps, something like that. I’ll bring that Rat-L-Trap right over the
top of them or right next to them, and sometimes I’ll just kill it right next to it, and the
bass will just crush it. Another great bait to use during the springtime
is a spinnerbait, and I like to use it throughout the spring. Starting when the water temperature gets in
the upper 40s, I’ll start using a 3/4-ounce spinnerbait, and I’m throwing that in deeper
water, again, those same points, ledges and humps that I was targeting earlier in, you
know, 20 feet of water, 15 to 30 feet of water, targeting with a spinnerbait, slow-roling
it very slowly, and crisscrossing those areas. A lot of times, what I’ll do is I’ll graph
over the tops of those areas first to see if there’s any cover that might hold those
fish, like chunk rock, boulders, maybe some irregularities in the point, and I’ll bring
the spinnerbait right across those areas. And a lot of times, you get bit. You don’t see the bass on your graph, but
there’ll be hiding…they’ll be so tight to that cover that they’ll just appear as that
piece of cover. That’s okay, just target that cover and a
lot of times you’ll get bit. As the spring progresses, I’ll start moving
up shallower, I’ll target those secondary points, those deeper weed lines. I’m looking for deeper, submerged structure
or cover such as flooded bushes, flooded timber, that sort of thing. And then, as we get even further into the
spring where it gets really shallow, now I’m going across the flats. I like to bring it across the flats two different
ways. One is a medium retrieve. If there’s weeds that are submerged or any
kinda cover, I’ll bring it nice and slow across that. Or if the fish are really aggressive, I’ll
bring it back really fast. I’ll burn that spinnerbait back so quickly
that it’s just under the surface where it’s kinda bulging the surface, but not breaking
it. It’s a great way to fish it. They react to it. They’ll be sitting in those weeds and just
suddenly, boom, it just comes flying over their head, and they’ll just react to it and
crush it. So, it’s a real fun way to catch a lot of
fish quickly and cover a lot of water effectively, just bulging the surface and covering a lot
of water. But a spinnerbait to me is one of the more
effective ways to catch bass throughout the entire spring because you can slow-roll it
on the outside weed lines. When a front has come through, and those fish
are pulled off, and they’re a little bit deeper, and they’re buried up in those weeds, and
they don’t wanna attack baits that much, you can drop it down at 10 to 15-foot zone on
the outside weed line and slow-roll it past those bass that are sitting buried in those
weeds. Or if maybe there’s some submerged bushes,
or flooded bushes, maybe some timber or something that’s deeper, just bring it right by that
nice and slow with a slow-rolled spinnerbait during a cold front condition. And I don’t know what it is, but even though
those fish seem to be lethargic and unwilling to chase baits, they’ll come up and crush
those spinnerbaits even under cold front conditions. So, it’s a very effective way to catch fish
during those tough conditions. But then, even during the spawn, I’ll bring
those spinnerbaits right over the top of the beds like I did with the lipless crankbait,
and I’ll bring them through balls of fry during the post-spawn to catch those males that are
guarding fry. Again, please release them right away so they
can finish their spawn. There you go. Nice. They’re in here. Keri: Come here, you. Glenn’s getting’ in the net. Come here, baby. Come here, come here. Oh, come on, Glenn. Come on, Glenn. There we go. There we go. He’s got a sore on his tongue. Yeah, he does. Glenn: The next bait, the fourth one on my
list that I use throughout the spring is a Senko, you know, or a YUM Dinger, soft plastic
jerkbait or stickbait, depending on what you wanna call them. I’ll start using them even in the early spring
when it’s, you know, mid to upper 40s to low 50s. I like to put them on a split shot on a smaller
size, like a 3-inch, maybe 4-inch, but a 3-inch Senko on a split shot or a drop shot, and
to target those deeper structure areas, like I mentioned earlier, in the early spring,
those main lake points, secondary points, drop-offs, humps, those things. I can work those areas very slowly, methodically. When those fish are still a little lethargic,
kinda just waking up out of their winter slumber, this is a great way to attack those areas
and catch a lot of fish. It also is a very effective way to fish when
a cold front has come through and those fish aren’t as willing to bite faster-moving lures
or bigger lures. I downsize and using those finesse tactics
to target throughout the spring is a great way to…because they don’t have a lot of
action to them, a lot of movement, which is what you’re matching, the environment and
environmental conditions during the post-front conditions. So, it’s a real effective way to catch them. But if I’m not fishing those post-front conditions
and the water temperature’s now has got in to the low to mid 50s, now I start using
a 4 and 5-inch size stickbait, Texas-rigged with a 2/0 hook, weightless. And I’ll throw it around all those areas of
cover that I mentioned previously, all that stuff you can see that I mentioned before,
those rocks, those stumps, laydowns, targeting from the cove entrances, all the way into
the back of the bays as the spring progresses into the…the temperatures would go up into
the upper 50s and the low 60s and the fish are really shallow. It’s really hard to beat these baits during
that time of year because they’re so effective, they have such a natural, easy fall to them. Just throw it out there on a slackline and
let it fall by itself. Don’t do a whole lot of work, jerking it and
doing all kinds of stuff, let it fall on slackline, and it falls horizontally just on its own. The key with that is watching your line. A lot of people gut-hook fish on these baits
because they’re not paying so close attention to their line. Watch your line, you’re gonna see it just
suddenly give a little twitch or it’ll start speeding off all of a sudden it’ll just start
moving away from you quickly. Just any kind of movement like that…well,
you didn’t impart on it with your rod, so something on the other end did, and it’s probably
a fish. So, when you see that, reel up all that slack
and set the hook as quick as you can before they swallow it. And you can catch a lot of fish that way without
getting them gut-hooked. That’s the number one problem with these baits,
but they’re very, very effective. You know, again, this is why fish like them
so much, because they really do think it’s something natural, they eat it right away,
they just suck it right down. So, great bait to use throughout the entire
spring. There we go. There we go. Okay. Come on in. Got a little belly on him, he has been eating. That worked. Nice bright bluebird day, why not throw a
buzzbait? Clear water. And then, finally, during the spring, another
type of bait that I like to use is topwater, and very specific kinda topwater. There’s two specific kinds. One is buzzbait. I’ll start throwing a buzzbait when the water
temperature is in the upper 40s, believe it or not. But yeah, I’ve caught fish on buzzbaits when
it’s 49, 50-degree water temp over those main lake structures. It’s not uncommon for a bass when they’re
active this time of year to come up 15 feet deep to smash a buzzbait. The key is, is that you wanna use larger blades
so you can fish it slower and put on a bulkier, more buoyant plastic trailer on it, something
like a Rage Tail Space Monkey or using a 6-inch Paddle Tail, you know, swimbait on it, something
big, it enables you to fish it real slow and keep it on the surface, and it offers a larger
profile for the bass to find them, and locate, and crush them. As the spring progresses, I’ll downsize, I’ll
move a little bit smaller-sized buzzbait, and I’ll go to just, like, a twin-tail trailer
on it, something smaller that can move it a lot faster across the water. This is when you’re in the upper 50s and the
low 60s, when the fish are holding tight to shallow cover are up on those flats, actively
feeding and chasing baitfish. This is a real effective way to catch them
with buzzbaits, just covering a lot of water very quickly, and throwing it to all that
available cover that you see. A lot of times, the fish will come out crushing
and they’ll scare the bejeebies out of you because they’re hiding on something that you
didn’t see, it was underwater. Could be a rock, could be a little indentation,
maybe a ditch or something. But it’s a great way to fish when the fish
are actively feeding. The other type of topwaters that I like to
use is a toad and a hollow body frog. So, going on the other end of the spectrum,
think of it this way, a buzzbait moves very fast across the surface. On the other end of it, you can use a hollow
body frog because it sits, and floats on the surface, and doesn’t move at all. So, this is a great, effective way to fish
those isolated pieces of cover that the fish are holding on when they’re a little more
reluctant, they don’t wanna chase down a bait. You can bring that frog right to it, and let
it sit, and just give it little twitches with your rod tip, and make it look alive without
moving it away from that cover. And you’re gonna sit for 30 seconds, or a
minute, or more, just let it sit, sit, sit, and then you give it a little twitch, and
suddenly, bam, the fish will hit it. Surprises you because you would think they’d
hit it right away, but sometimes you have to entice them or irritate them, depending
on your point of view, until they finally come up and crush that frog. But you can fish that topwater really slow
and get a lot of bites that way. The in-between range between a hollow body
frog and a buzzbait is a toad, like a Rage Toad. It’s a real subtle movement, you can fish
them slower. I fish it on a four-rod, keel-weighted hook,
like a 1/4-ounce weight that’s got a screw lock on it, and I can fish it nice and slow
across the surface, gurgling, very subtle movements, and I can drop it into those holes
and those pockets in the weeds, on those big flats, or next to a stump, or a rock, or any
kinda cover, fishing along a dock and drop it right alongside the dock. A lot of times, those fish will track it under
the surface, and then when you kill it, that’s when they crush it. They just can’t stand it, they just can’t. Just changes the action that they’ve been
seeing, and that change of action is what triggers that bite. You know, and it’s effective at the very beginning
of the spring, all the way through to where there’s balls of fry in the post-spawn. A toad, a frog, and a buzzbait are my favorite
topwater baits to use throughout the whole spring. So, those are my top five baits overall for
spring fishing, top five types of baits to use throughout the spring. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

17 thoughts on “5 Best Lures For Spring Bass Fishing | Bass Fishing

  1. My jig game is weak- I've caught one fish on a jig all year- and it was a swim jig with a rage craw on it. I just can't seem to catch bass on them. I've got a box full of various sized, high end jigs and every trailer you could possibly want but- when I fish them nothing happens. I'm using natural colors, matching my trailers to the jig, dragging them on bottom- using trailers with less action in colder water- all that stuff- but still, no go. I think right now a lot of it has to do with where and for what I'm fishing- in a small creek for spotted bass in the 2-3 pound range. They seem to only want finesse style baits- ned rigs, small underspins, small swimbaits, stuff like that- you never get bit there on anything aggressive or large. But, the lakes are back open now and it's warming so- I'll be back to fishing the lake soon. I don't have a boat I trust on deep, cold water so- I was stuck at the little creek all winter. Until I get some exposure gear or upgrade my kayak- or both, it will be that way every year. Falling into the water is one thing- falling into freezing cold, deep water is a whole other- even with a top of the line pfd it's extremely dangerous. The right exposure gear would fix that issue though, and a more stable kayak would help as well- gotta make that happen this summer.

  2. I've never tried a Buzz Bait in 49-50° water before. I use it more in the 57-68° temperatures.
    I Totally Agree with you, in Letting the Females Spawn. It is Very Detrimental for the lakes Future Success.

  3. Thank you , I`m waiting for warmer weather mainly , and water while keeping warm and preparing for fishing season .

  4. Another great video Glenn thanks!

    I also enjoy Spring because it's the one time my red lures/baits get wet.

  5. Great vid and tips. Love to throw crank baits over most any other lure. Maybe not exactly on point but i never see vids pro or other showing the broken back jointed baits like a Rapala broken back minnow. I even have a few that suspend. Just never hear any comments, tips on these?

  6. Thanks for informative clip, I wanted to comment on your website under this clip, but it didn't allow me. please if possible make one video for bass fishing at night.

  7. Thank you for the video, it was very informative. I am thinking of going to that lake this weekend. I was wondering if you shot this video recently or last year? Will they be moving up already?

  8. we are on the board up here in Massachusetts! got a 4 pounder and 2 2's today! Huddleston weedless shad got all 3

  9. Glenn, this channel helps me more than any other. I know alot, but no matter how much one know's, theres always alot more to learn. I like the way you explain techniques and hints. Like Roland Martin says, "There is always something new to learn no matter how old you are."Thanks for sharing. Awesome channel. 🖒

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