Best Bass Fishing

You can find some of the best bass fishing around shallow depressions in the bottom of a tributary arm. Sometimes, these ditches are natural, while at other times they are manmade for the diversion of water flow from a feeder creek before the formation of a reservoir. Again, these serve as a means to an end for bass, creating a way for them to access shallower water from deeper areas. While traveling, bass will use the ditch, venturing to the adjacent flat when stopping to feed. For a great catch, target a sharp bend in the ditch in mid spring where a large number of bass may be staging and acting sluggish, using a worm or jig to catch their attention. Otherwise, try a medium-diving crankbait or a Texas-rigged plastic worm.

In conjunction with ditches, you may also seek out warm run-offs for the best bass fishing. These are areas where water enters the lake from these ditches or other tributaries or culverts and drain in warm water from spring rains. This brings in insect larvae and other feed, making the fish active. Try moving to the far back of a tributary and fan-casting a spinner or deep diving crank. You may also want to use a craw-colored lure to imitate the crawfish that are often brought up from hibernation in an unusually warm early spring rain.

So, rather than concentrating on which lakes and rivers offer the best bass fishing, look for locations within the nearest rivers and lakes that are bass hotspots and target these areas. You may be surprised at your success.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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