Top 5 Spring Bass Baits

spring bass fishing

Here is a list of 5 top spring bass baits. Spring is such an awesome time for bass fishing. The bass begin moving shallow for the spawning season which makes them aggressive and fun to catch. Once the water temperatures hit the 53 degree mark, bass will start moving shallow this time of year. This will even make bank fishing awesomely productive. Here are the top 5 spring bass baits to help you capitalize on catching more bass this time of year.

Top 5 Spring Bass Baits

This list of top 5 spring bass baits and techniques will get you “Kraken” bass this spring. Hopefully, you can put them to use sooner rather than later. Spring bass fishing is typically super epic. The main reason why is because the bass will move in for the spawn, and you often find some big ole females full of eggs. My biggest bass of the year are always caught at this time. They are all beefed up over the winter. Plus, they get aggressive feeding up to carry them through the spawn. They also get super defensive when guarding their nests of young once they are built. You won’t be disappointed if you use any of these baits or techniques on your lines this spring.

Yamamoto Senko

wacky rigged senko

Senko’s are incredible. They are extremely subtle, and they draw a lot of strikes for spring time fishing. The two best ways to fish them are either on a wacky rig, or weightless on a texas rig. Throwing them without any weight, other than the hook, is ideal in spring. The fish are shallow, so with a weightless rig you are fishing the best depth zone. Plus, the subtle fall of a weightless presentation will get those bass chomping! My all around best color is green pumpkin/amber laminate in either the 4″ or 5″ size. It’s a bass “Kraken” color. Throw one of these out and you can see why it is on the top of the list as one of the best spring bass baits.


Flipping Jig

You can’t go wrong with a good flipping jig in the spring. A 3/8 oz classic green pumpkin skirted jig with a nice craw trailer catches bigger bass. The bass are usually tight to cover this time of year and shallow. Look for rocks, stumps, and timber in 5 feet of water or less, then fling your jig into it! Let the jig sit on the bottom, and hop it a couple times. A jig’s skirt flairs and moves while the bait isn’t moving, and draws some serious strikes. When in doubt throw the green pumpkin jig out! Throwing a flipping jig in the spring can really produce some monster’s this is why a jig is number 2 on the list.

flipping jig

Squarebill Crankbait:

square bill crankbait

There is nothing better for finding bass in the spring when they are shallow than a squarebill crankbait. Cast it parallel to the shore, and get it diving down and banging the bottom. If you aren’t ticking the bottom with your bait, you won’t get many strikes. It’s imperative. Either a small craw imitation, or a bluegill style bait will draw up some awesome action this time of year. My favorite is the Jackall MC series in either ghost bluegill or super craw. Bump and grind your crankbait along, and hold on tight because the bass will destroy it.


Shaky Head:

shaky head rig

Rigging up a small zoom trick worm on a shaky head is dynamite in the spring. The reason it works so well, is because bass are usually close to the bottom. Plus, it is a perfect imitation of a bait fish feeding along the bottom. The key to fishing a shaky head is trying to get away with using as light a jig head as possible. 1/8 oz shaky heads are ideal, and even smaller shaky heads can help keep you from hanging up. Bomb the shaky head out on your spinning rod, and slowly crawl that baby along. There is nothing more exciting than feeling the little ticks of a bite, then slamming the hook home on a solid fish on a shaky head.


Jika Rig:

jika rig

The Jika Rig is a secret weapon of mine in the spring. The Jika Rig makes your soft plastic craws move incredibly natural in the water. Plus, I love how you can leave a jika rig in place, and just dance it in front of those giant spring bass. A solid bait to use on a jika rig is the havoc pit boss. It crushes. Flip the pit boss on a jika rig into those little corners you know the bass are hiding in, and hang tight until they suck it down.


How to use each of these top spring bass baits

Here is the chain of command of how to start fishing these baits in the spring. Put on a squarebill first and start moving down the banks until you see or catch a couple. If you don’t get any bites or don’t see any bass cruising, then slow down and fish a little deeper on the points with a shaky head. If you do see fish shallow, but aren’t getting bites on the squarebill throw the weightless senko’s. Next you can try picking up a jig or a jika rig, and flip into the brush and cover looking for lurkers. You will be amazed at how many more fish you will pick up flowing through these presentations in an area. Hopefully, you can use these spring bass baits through the season and “Krak” the snot out of them this time of year.

Hope you get some insight on new baits and techniques to use this spring to catch more bass. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog to get notified through email of every new post to help your bass fishing. Plus, leave a comment. I’d love to hear about some of your favorite spring techniques or baits that help you “Krak” those bass.

As Always,
Stay Stoked!

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5 Responses

  1. Love your site and info. Thanks for sharing. My #1 Senko by a large margin is the 9S-10-925. Killer!! Love fishing softbaits in the Spring! Off to Sand Hollow next week. Steve

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