How to Get Tackle Ready for Spring Bass Fishing

How to Get Tackle Ready for Spring Bass Fishing
During the spring season, especially after water temperatures reach 50 degrees or more, bass migrate to deeper waters. Known as a feeding period, spring provides an ideal time for bass fishing. Male and female bass are fresh off a period of recuperation, having spent the months of February to April spawning eggs and migrating from shallow waters. Prepare your tackle for spring water conditions.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing reels
  • Fishing line
  • Fishing hooks
  • Fishing lures
  • Fishing sinkers
Step 1
Lubricate your medium-heavy to heavy action reels, bait casting or spinning, and wipe away sand, debris or saltwater residue from last season. Apply reel oil to the gearing per manufacturer's instructions.
Step 2
Re-spool 20- to 30-lb. mono or 50- lb. braided line on your heavy action reel. Bass swim close to the bottom during the spring season, so spool your fishing rod to ensure your rod has sufficient line length to make the 10- to 15-foot drops necessary to reach bottom dwelling bass.
Step 3
Stock up on 5/0 and 6/0 hooks, durable enough to hold small to large bass.
Step 4
Count the number of lures you have and purchase new ones as needed. Create a basic inventory list that includes deep diving crankbaits, which work well on deeper break lines; lipless crankbaits for shallow break lines; soft jerkbait for a slow cast-and-retrieval pattern and when fishing for female bass; and spinnerbait, which can be dressed with white shad or silver shiner for superior strikes.
Step 5
Organize sinkers into categories based on the waters you will be fishing and the type of application for which you will use the sinker. Keep several rubber core sinkers on hand and add varieties such as walking sinkers, bell sinkers and pyramid sinkers for bottom fishing, which is the most common application during the spring season.

Tips & Warnings

Store your tackle inside a tackle box.
Dry tackle before storing it inside a sealed tackle box.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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