The bass are feeding, but because of the cold water they are still a bit lethargic. They are not going to travel quickly or long distances to chase down food. Being opportunistic feeders this time of year, a bass is going to take advantage of the food source that presents itself as the easiest target. As a fisherman, it is your goal to locate fish and then present an offering that will trigger that fish to strike.
Sometimes the bass strikes out of hunger, but much more often it is out of reaction — and the bait that best fits this situation is the old standby crankbait.
Most people automatically think of a crankbait as a fast-moving, deep-diving, rock-banging type of bait. Well, that is true in some aspects, but in the spring we need to remember what else crankbaits can do.
When referring to crankbaits, I am lumping several baits into one category. Suspending jerk baits, lipless baits, the long-bill diving stick bait — and then your standby short, fat crankbait — just to name a few. We are looking for baits that can be worked slowly, erratically and still have good action.
The spring can be a great time to pull out the crankbaits and start covering water. It is an often overlooked method to catch these spring bass, but it can produce some big monster fish.
The ice is off the lakes and ponds and now it is time to get out there and chase some fish. Good luck and I hope you put more fish in the boat this spring.