Each year the bass spawn occurs when water temperatures and other factors during the spring tell them it is time. The male makes the nest (or “bed”) and begins to court female bass. The female lays the eggs, and the male must do his part and then he will do everything he can to protect the nest.
Fishing for these bass requires locating the beds and then getting them to bite. While it may seem easy to catch a bass you can see right before you, it is not always the case and often requires a little luck, patience, stealth and knowing the best baits to throw when the bass are spawning.
Here are three proven baits for catching spawning bass...
Craws and Creature Baits
Nothing gets the attention of bass like the threat of a predator looking to feed on their offspring. Both craws and creature baits can have flapping appendages, and this appeals to the instinct of bass to protect their young. Craws and creature baits are two of the best baits to throw when bass are spawning.
These lures are some of the most versatile available, and one thing that makes them so effective is how many different ways you can rig them. For spawning bass, a weightless wacky-rig allows the bait to enter the spawning beds slowly. A Neko Rig, which has a weight in one end of the bait, allows the lure to stand up vertically as it is retrieved and is another great way to fish this style of soft plastics.
A Drop-Shot Rig
The rig itself is more of a factor than the soft plastic bait used. This setup has a weight on the bottom, and approximately 12” above the weight is a hook tied directly in line with the weight. The rig allows the bait to move freely with each twitch of the rod while the weight remains stationary.
Just about any soft plastic bait will do, but the beauty of the drop-shot is that you can shake the lure in place to get the attention of the bass until he is ready to bite.
Don't rely upon luck the next time you hit the water. Reach into your tackle box and grab one of these baits and give one of these three approaches a try.