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.
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.
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.
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.