When the water temperature ranges from 60-70-degrees, it will get the bass up shallow and on the beds! Whenever I’m targeting spawning largemouth, I always have five or six rods rigged with different baits to fish with. It gives me the option of switching multiple presentations to each fish.
Every fish is not the same and they all react differently to certain baits.
Whenever I find a fish on a bed, I watch it very closely to see how it is reacting to my first bait that I throw. If the fish is really aggressive it will bite on my first or second cast, no matter what bait I am using. Very rarely does this actually happen, but its very exciting when they are THAT fired up! If they are guarding the bed but not wanting to actually bite the bait, that is when I try to make them mad. I can take my bait and rub it into the side of the fish to make them mad at it. Sometimes it takes awhile of doing this to get the fish mad enough to eat the bait.
Other times the fish will not even be on the bed, they will stay back off the bed and watch it. Those are the toughest fish to catch.
They don’t really care if your bait is on the bed and you can’t really make them mad.
This is when I use more of a finesse technique to try and get them to react. Sometime the finesse baits will work and sometimes they don’t. It just depends on the fish’s mood.
My top 6 bass lures for the spawn:
- V&M 5″ Chopsticks rigged weightless, 6’10” MH Lews Custom Speed Stick rod, 7.1:1 Lews Tournament Pro reel, 40-pound Sunline SX1 Braid with a 8-foot leader of -pound Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon line.
- V&N 5″ Chopstick rigged Texas style, 7’2″ MH Lews Custom Speed Stick rod, 7.1:1 Lews BB1 Pro reel, 16-pound Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon line.
- V&M Baby Split Tail Beaver, 7’3″ MH Lews Custom Speed Stick rod, Lews 7.1:1 Lews BB1 Pro reel, 16-pound Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon line.
- Spro Bronzeye Shad, 7′ MH Lews Custom Speed Stick rod, 7.1:1 Lews Tournament Pro reel, 50-pound Sunline FX2 Braided line.
- V&M Pacemaker Adrenaline Flipping Jig, 7’4″ H Lews Cystom Speed Stick rod, Lews 7.1:1 Lews Tournament Pro reel, 20-pound Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon line.
- V&M 6″Pork Pin rigged on a drop shot, 7’2″ MH Lews Custom Speed Stick rod, 7.1:1 Lews Tournament Pro reel, 14-pound Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon line.
The Spro Bronzeye Shad and V&M Chopstick rigged weightless are my two search baits that I use to cast around when I am looking for fish on beds. Once I find one on a bed then I slow down and use the other baits. But for going down the bank looking for them I always have one of those two baits out somewhere in front of the boat in the water. It’s a great way to catch a couple more fish throughout a day of fishing.
Once I find a fish on bed then I slow down with the jig, Texas rigged Chopstick or Baby Split Tail Beaver. If the fish is spooky or not aggressive, that’s when I use the Pork Pin rigged on the drop shot to get them to bite. This system really works well for me and I hope that these tips can help you put more spawning fish in the boat!
“Do Whatever It Takes”