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March 1, 2014

Gone fishing with Jerry Miller

How to locate pre-spawn bass in our area lakes



After the action subsided, we eventually moved toward the north end of the lake. Lusk landed another half dozen bass this time on a variety of lures, including red Rattle Traps, white spinner baits, and a lizard. These bass were scattered and in depths ranging from 3 to 6 feet deep.

As we approached the far north end of Lake Pinkston near an old flooded road bed, Lusk spotted two bass spawning in the middle of a big stump. Further up we saw several bass spawning on the road bed. It was 2:30 p.m., and we noticed that the surface temperature had risen to 61 degrees F. This is the exact temperature when most bass begin to spawn. We really didn’t expect to see spawning bass this early due to the unusual cold weather we had experienced.

The south wind was blowing hard, making it difficult to fish and feel soft plastics. There was a lot of hydrilla growing in this area. I finally got into the action after I tied on a black and blue 7” floating lizard. I immediately landed two bass up to 6 pounds on the edge of a small creek.

About 4:00 p.m. we finished up and headed home. We ended up that day with 16 bass.

In other lakes I’m finding most of my bass in about eight feet of water adjacent to spawning pockets and flats. On Lake Nacogdoches I found scattered grass growing just off of the bottom in the 8 foot range. The bass in this area struck a slow rolling Nichols’ 1/2 oz. blue shad, Hologram spinner. I catch a lot of bass with this technique, especially during the pre-spawn stage.

It’s important to keep the lure near the bottom just ticking the hydrilla. If it hangs in the hydrilla, just rip it out and hang on to your rod because this usually will provoke a strike.

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