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How to fish in the postspawn

Before determining how to fish a new lake during spring, Elite Series pro Luke Clausen has to determine whether the spawn is actually over. Photos by James Overstreet

Search far and wide, and you won’t likely find a more versatile fisherman than Luke Clausen. The 2006 Bassmaster Classic champion was reared in the Pacific Northwest and came of age fishing throughout the West, from the Columbia River to Elephant Butte, N.M. Then he ventured east for tour-level competition and pocketed a Classic win among numerous other accolades.

He’s as comfortable with a crankbait as he is with a toad or a 3-inch drop shot. He’s literally seen and fished it all. That’s why his postspawn advice is so clear and straightforward. His system works across the continent, and it can help all B.A.S.S. members catch more fish throughout the exciting postspawn, happening across the country right now.