Early Year Large Mouth Bass Fishing in Ohio

Early Year Large Mouth Bass Fishing in Ohio
Bass anglers in Ohio start to chase these popular game fish as soon as the ice retreats every spring. Using the right techniques can produce great catches this time of year, regardless of the cold water temperatures.

Plastic Worms

Slow presentations are a must early in the season, so crafty Ohio bass anglers use plastic worms with a slow retrieve to entice bass to strike. Use a bullet weight to keep the worm on the bottom so the bass have plenty of time to look at the bait.


Lead head jigs tipped with a pork rind trailer work well on lethargic bass. The scent of the pork rind and the weight of the jig keep this effective lure down in the strike zone.


This soft plastic bait can be jigged or retrieved slowly along deep weed edges where early season bass reside. Pause the bait and be ready for bass to hit it on the drop.


Crankbaits with a wide wobble and roll are a great trigger for early season, cold water bass. Make long casts on weedy flats and crank slow to make that bait wiggle seductively.

Live Minnows

When all else fails, suspending a lively minnow under a bobber or float can provoke a hungry bass into striking. Since bass rarely feed in the winter, they are quick to take an easy meal early in the season.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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