Day on the lake: Koby Kreiger

In their classic 1965 folk-rock hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!” The Byrds reminded us that:

“To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven
A time to build up; a time to break down
A time to dance; a time to mourn

A time to cast away stones; a time to gather stones together.”

In an effort to bring order to our universe, we bass anglers like to believe that for every lure, there is a season. As a longtime Bassmaster correspondent, I plead guilty to writing multiple “Seasonal Lure Selection Guide” articles recommending that readers throw squarebill crankbaits in spring, plastic worms and topwater frogs in summer, swimbaits in fall and jerkbaits in winter. Well, just forget all that nonsense. In this month’s DOTL episode, pro Koby Kreiger proves that coloring way outside the lines in your lure picks just might be the winning ticket to putting together a nice limit of bass … regardless of the season!

6:11 a.m. Kreiger and I arrive at Lake P. It’s clear, breezy and 60 degrees. He preps his boat for launching.

7 HOURS LEFT

6:30 a.m. The Ranger hits the water. Kreiger checks the lake temp: 68.6 degrees. He pulls an ­arsenal of Abu Garcia rods and reels from storage. “This region has seen its share of erratic weather this spring, with wildly fluctuating daytime temperatures and heavy rains, so bass could be in any stage of the spawn. The water in this lake looks clear enough for sight fishing, so once the sun gets up, I’ll spend some time looking for bedding fish. In the meantime, I’ll cover water in and near likely spawning areas. There should be some good fish up shallow.”

6:40 a.m. Kreiger idles to a point at the entrance of a nearby cove and makes his first casts of the day with a Livingston Cherry Picker jerkbait in the blue pearl color pattern. I comment that this lure choice seems surprising, seeing as how most anglers view jerkbaits strictly as cold-water lures. “Not me,” he replies, grinning. “I fish them all year long.” Spawning carp are churning the water in emergent grass near shore. “Some bass are usually on bed at the same time carp are spawning. I’ve also noticed some bluegill beds near the bank — they look like little craters on the bottom. Hey, there could be an all-out fish love fest going on in this lake!”