In Bassmaster’s “Day on the Lake” series, Elite Series pros are challenged to fish on small lakes they’ve never seen before, giving them seven hours to locate and catch bass while we log their every move. Spring is here, and it’s Billy McCaghren’s turn at bat during the immediate prespawn. The 39-year-old Mayflower, Ark., pro has fished the Elite Series for four years and has qualified for one Classic. Here’s what happened March 29, 2012, when we put McCaghren on Lake L, a small reservoir. If you’ve ever wondered how a prematurely warm spring impacts bass activity, what follows should provide some helpful insights.
7:07 a.m. Arkansas Elite Series pro Billy McCaghren starts his day on Lake L by running to a shallow spawning cove.