What to Put in Tackle Box for Pre-Spawn Bass

What to Put in Tackle Box for Pre-Spawn Bass
All fish have a habit of feeding heavily prior to spawning and bass are no exception. There are certain lures that work best when it comes to hooking these pre-spawn trophies, so make your tackle box is well-stocked.


Jigs mimic everything from a creeping crayfish to a young bluegill. Since these weighted lures stay near the bottom and in the strike zone of a bass, they make an excellent pre-spawn lure. Stock a few 3/8 oz. to 1/2 oz. rubber leg jigs for deeper water and some 1/8 oz. to 1/4 oz. curly tail grubs for bass prowling the shallows.

Plastic Worms

As spawning time approaches, bass move shallow in preparation for this annual ritual. Since these areas can be weedy, it is imperative to use a weedless lure to draw a strike. Pack a couple bags of 6- to 8-inch rubber worms, like the Berkley Power Worm, in black, purple or brown colors.

Spinner Bait

Sometimes it takes a triggering mechanism to get pre-spawn bass to hit and spinner baits excel at this. Use a 1/2 oz. spinner bait with dual colorado blades as this will allow you to slowly roll the bait just above the bottom--this agitates bass like nothing else.

Crank bait

The wobble and wiggle of a slowly retrieved crank bait brings out the feeding instinct of pre-spawn bass. Since there are not fully engaged in spawning just yet, bass will not pass up an easy meal. Carry a few different-sized crank baits in your tackle box and vary the retrieve until you find what the bass prefer.

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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