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Springtime Bass Fishing – Its All About Water Temperature

To reel in those bass fish of your dreams you not only need to choose the correct lure and the correct and proper speed of retrieve. Water temperature – especially in the spring water season means just as much lure choice and speed of retrieve. Especially in the spring water season bass fishing success are a mixture and a result of all there components of a bass fisherman’s repertoire.

It can be more than said and emphasized that the key to early springtime bass fishing success is a warming trend in which the water temperature generally rises just 4 or 5 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s as if only a slight change like this 4 or 5 degrees change in water temperature is more than enough to make the bass fish more active and have them start to move onwards towards that shallow water and onwards to more and shallower water. Of course the actual temperature is relative to whatever region of the country or even countries that if you are fishing. Obviously if you are in Illinois or Michigan warmer water will be the norm as compared to an area such as Northern Manitoba Canada where of course average water temperatures will be cooler.

The two factors that commonly cause water temperatures to rise in the spring are of course sunshine with its warmth, and surprisingly rain. Of the two rains affects bass and bass fishing much quicker and promptly. Even February rains in the more southern states of the US are several degrees warmer than lake water. Thus you may want to fish in places and areas where the runoff is flowing in, such as smaller tributaries creeks and even ditches. It can be said that larger tributaries and rivers may become too muddy if they are flushing a lot of new water into their system.

Bass fish will tend to move to these smaller runoff areas within even hours. You may even see the bass chasing small minnows and small baitfish. It happens all that quickly. It’s all about water temperatures. Small crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished near the surface of the water are most effective since the warmer water will stay on top of the cooler water. Of course heat rises.

Unfortunately however this runoff activity seldom lasts longer than two or three days because as the water disperses it gradually cools. The bass fish will slow down accordingly. However this can be a good time to move to the larger tributaries. In the larger tributaries try the same techniques as employed previously, once the waters have cleared.

Watch out that several days of warming sunshine in early springtime can trigger these same quick changes in bass activity. All it takes is just four to five degrees of change in water temperatures. The best warming trends are those in which the nighttime air temperatures do not drop below the temperatures of the water, meaning a full 24 hours of continuous warming. It seems that after only 2 or 3 days of such conditions, the bass will begin moving to the creeks, bays and smaller coves and pockets. Usually this is to the northern shorelines since they receive the most sunshine overall. Lastly remember that slightly “stained” or “dingy” water will warm quicker than the clearest water.

Some Great Tips For Top Water Fishing – Destination-Smallmouth Bass

I was smallmouth bass fishing on the French River in northern Ontario about five years ago when my fishing partner and I stumbled on a pattern that was deadly not only on that trip, but has been ever since. If these factors are taken into account, smallmouth bass are always caught. I would assume the same pattern would hold true anywhere that smallmouth swim, but I know it holds true on the French River.

Before I get into the actual factors, lets discuss top water lures. Although this is largely about personal preference, and what has worked for you in the past, any top water lure up to about four inches in length has been effective. Frog and minnow patterns are our favorite, but again this is largely up to you. Popper types lures seems to work better than propeller types as well. Now let’s get into the specific factors that you need to look for in order to have a great time catching smallmouth bass on top water lures.

No Wind – The water needs to be like glass for the pattern to be most effective. Mornings and evenings are usually the best time to find calm conditions. The point is that it’s imperative that the water is like glass.

Weeds and Broken Rock – The most effective area’s are those area’s where weeds and broken rock come together. Both area’s are okay by themselves, but when they come together…..watch out.

Shallow Water – The water depth couldn’t exceed ten feet. It’s also helpful if there’s deep water close by. Four to ten feet is always best (at least on the French).

Silence – This might sound obvious, seeing as how we’re talking about fishing, but being quite is even more important in this situation. When the water is as still as you want it to be, there’s no background noise to camouflage the noise that the angler may be making. Being quiet is imperative in this fishing situation.

If you can bring these four conditions together, you’ll have as much fun catching fish as you ever have in your life. And the beautiful thing about this is that in any given week, you can bring these conditions together almost every day. As I mentioned, mornings and evenings are going to be your best bet. Have fun; I know that you will.

Lessons for Anglers From a Fishy Education

Humans have a tendency to believe most animals are relatively stupid – especially fish. When anglers believe fish have limited powers of observation and intelligence, they tend to exclude the lessons most schools of fish teach their young. When they do so, they continue to believe old wives tales and misguided assumptions about fish behavior. In particular, they underestimate the capacity of the fish they are pursuing to practice the hook-avoidance techniques that are a regular part of a fishy education.

If we humans were able to hear and comprehend the information conveyed in fish schools, anglers would be less likely to continue to make some very traditional mistakes in pursuing their prey. If we were to listen in, we might hear some of these lessons from a fishy education.

LESSON I: FISHHOOK AVOIDANCE

INSTRUCTOR:

These are all examples of fish hooks – single, treble, barbless, and barbed. A fish hook is to be avoided in any way possible. Fish hooks are inventions of the humanoid monsters who try to prey upon fish. These evil devices have a very sharp pointed barb on the end. These can become caught in a lip, gill, or even your side if you are in the wrong place at the right time. Their primary function, however, is to tempt you to bite the “bait” they put on it and get the hook caught in your mouth. Once a hook is attached, you will be pulled out of the water by means of the line tied to the other end of the hook. And, once you are out of the water, you will certainly die.

STUDENT:

Does every fish that bites a hook die?

INSTRUCTOR:

No. Small, young fish are sometimes removed from the hook and released back into the water. And there are some of the humanoid monsters who always release fish back into the water. These humanoids are called “anglers” and they think catching fish on their hooks is fun.

STUDENT:

Are these anglers everywhere?

INSTRUCTOR:

No. Many of them stay close to the shore or in shallow water. Some of them sit in big floating pieces of wood or inflated cloth farther out in the water.

STUDENT:

How do we know where the anglers are and what their hooks look like?

INSTRUCTOR:

You will learn to see most of the anglers. They are big globs of color that you can see when you look up to the surface of the water. When you see these big globs of color, you should not eat anything you see nearby. You can also hear some of them, and you can see them stir up the bottom when they move around.

Their hooks are very frightening because they are carefully disguised with things that are very attractive foods. Some of the hooks are embedded in feathers, bugs, worms, and other kinds of food. It is very hard to see the hooks, so it is very important to look for anglers.

But there are some anglers you will not be able to see. These anglers cover themselves with something that makes them invisible to us when we look to the surface. Fortunately, most of the anglers don’t know how to become invisible. So, always watch for anglers and don’t eat anything when one of them is nearby.

We know fish see color. The eye anatomy of a fish has been repeatedly studied and ample information about how they see and discern color is abundant. Anglers go to great lengths to choose the perfect fly when they are fishing. They think about the color, the shape, the design and the way the lure moves in the water.

Many anglers, however, have not yet figured out that if a fish that can see size 20 fly floating on the surface of a lake, it can also see a bright orange glob created by a 200 pound, 6-foot tall fisherman standing nearby wearing the latest trendy fishing shirt color. Successful anglers, on the other hand, have learned to blend in with nature and become invisible to their prey by wearing water camouflage clothing. Some even wear water camouflage that reproduces the patterns of light and shadow seen by fish as they look to the surface.