Thanks to an early spring the spawn is over in much of our country. Most of the fish are moving away from the beds. That doesn’t mean they’re out in deep water. However, there’s still plenty of action for flippers and pitchers, and the time to start doing it is now.
We’ll talk about specifics in a minute. But before we do, let’s talk about generalities. You can catch a lot of good bass in deeper areas near their beds. It’s the first place they’re going to stop. I know you’ve heard this before but it’s worth repeating here. Deep is a relative term. If they’re spawning in 2 feet of water and the adjacent area is 3 1/2 feet deep, that’s deep water to a bass. How long they stay in those places is primarily determined by three factors.
None of this is pure science. All three factors work together in ways we don’t totally understand, and much of what I’m saying depends upon conditions in your individual lake. Nevertheless, if you think about them as you plan your fishing and pick your spots you’ll do a lot better.
With these factors in mind here are my favorite three places to flip and pitch for postspawn bass. One or more of them will be found in almost every lake.
My bait choices are pretty simple at this time of the year. I’ll flip and pitch a Strike King Flippin’ Tube immediately after the spawn. Once that’s over — and it doesn’t last very long — I switch to something with a little more movement to it. That’s a Strike King Rage Tail Craw.
And, I only use one hook these days — the new Mustad Grip Tin Extreme. I’m proud to say I helped design it. (It should be available this month.) It’s a straight shank hook that’ll noticeably increase your hooking percentage, and it’s designed with a large barb on the shank that’ll hold even the softest plastics in place. It’s available in sizes from 2/0 through 6/0 to meet every angler’s needs.
Now, stop reading and go catch a few!