Anglers are probably getting ready for early spring fishing while some are still shoveling off the snow in their sidewalks! Spring fishing may be difficult at first since the waters are still cold, but several species spawn during this time and become concentrated in certain areas and depths.
Here are common tips from the experts when going fishing during the spring season!
Reorganize Your Boat and Tools
Your boat might be full of hoodies, rain jackets, baits, and shoes from previous fishing adventures way before winter, so go ahead and clean it up and reorganize everything. Lay everything out in your driveway or shop and start purging anything you won’t need for the spring. You’ll be surprised at the number of soft plastics, hard baits, and other things in your boat that you may or may not need.
Take Your Boat to the Shop
It’s important to prepare your boat for spring fishing not only for rigging but also for maintenance. This is also the best time to have your boat checked to avoid other boaters and lakehouse owners who also make appointments.
Make sure to get them to change your lower unit oil, replace your spark plugs and change your impeller at the very least. These are very simple general maintenance tasks that, if ignored, can completely derail your spring fishing plans.
Consider the Weather when Planning
Spring fishing is probably more critical than other fishing seasons, so plan fishing trips ahead of time depending on the weather. Remember that the best weather to go fishing is during unseasonably warm or the days leading up to an approaching cold front for better success.
Areas or waters that are slightly warmer than the others are also great locations for spring fishing, although it’s hard to find such places in the early spring. Shallow areas tend to be warmer as they will aggregate forage and ultimately more fish.
Fish During the Afternoon
As mentioned, warm waters are the best fishing spots during the spring season. That’s why afternoons make the great hours for fishing in April and the rest of the season. The sun may always be there to warm a body of water during the day, but the afternoon is when the temperature peaks, triggering a bite.
Use Small, Live Baits
During the springtime, fish are more reluctant to strike anything. The spring bite is less explosive, so try to downsize your baits a little. It doesn’t matter what species you’re fishing for, smaller baits worked deathly slow will get you a bit more often.
Live baits also help, especially if you’re all about catching a lot of fish. During this season, a fish doesn’t have to think twice before biting like it may do when presented with artificial lures. This makes fishing easier as it requires less computation from a fish’s perspective. We recommend nightcrawlers and minnows bottom-bounced on a jig or rigged on a single hook.
Wait to Set the Hook
While they don’t have to think twice before biting, fish are still slow to bite and just as slow to eat your fishing lure. When you feel a bite, wait for a second longer to set the hook. You also don’t want to set the hook as deliberately as you would other times of the year.
Don’t Be Discouraged!
Coldwater can leave you catching only a few or even no fish. But don’t let this situation bring you down since it’s only the start of the fishing season. Remember to experiment by looking for other spring fishing destinations and trying new lures and techniques.