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Top 5 post spawn bass lures

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I use a myriad of stuff in post spawn. However, top water around cover early and late is a must for me. 

 

I power fish transition routes heading back into deeper water with crankbaits, chatterbaits, etc... looking for those earlier bedders but will also stick around and fish my way around shallower for any late bedders and those females that recently spawned and looking to rejuvenate. Cover is important now when the sun starts getting above the trees so that plays a huge role. It all depends on the body of water for me.

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Brightly colored weightless trick worms twitched just underneath the surface, a popper, a spook, a football jig if they've moved off the shallows to ledges, and half of a zinkerz on a mushroom head.  

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Zara Spook Jr, Pop-R (baby bass), soft jerkbaits right below the surface, squarebills, and wake baits (Baby one-minus)

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4 hours ago, Dorado said:

Zara Spook Jr, Pop-R (baby bass), soft jerkbaits right below the surface, squarebills, and wake baits (Baby one-minus)

What color do you like for the baby one minus, and what soft jerkbaits do you like?

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The Post-Spawn period typically provides the best topwater bite of the year, no matter what your latitude.

Since we all LOVE topwater action, fish your 5 favorite topwater and subsurface lures.

 

Roger

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1 hour ago, Skspacemonkey said:

What color do you like for the baby one minus, and what soft jerkbaits do you like?

Baby Bass as well.

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Jig and craw, pop-r, shallow running crankbait, beaver type bait, and super fluke.

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Unweighted Senko is good for post spawners, 1/8 oz dart jig with 4 1/2" baby bass finesse worm, both for sight fish recuperating. Pop-R type popper with feathers,  1/4 oz small Willow/Colorado blade spinnerbait, shad colored swim jig, smaller size jerk bait worked slowly. Take your pick.

Tom

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10 minutes ago, Bankbeater said:

Jig and craw, pop-r, shallow running crankbait, beaver type bait, and super fluke.

What is your preferred beaver bait?

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Post spawn largemouth fishing here = finding the bluegill colonies. Find them and the big spawned out females won't be far away.

 

The males will start schooling on the first break heading to deep water, usually on the deeper edge of submerged grass lines. There is no better way to catch the 2 to 3 lb males in great numbers than a wacky rigged stick worm this time of year.

 

The females on the other hand.....Frogs, swim jigs, wacky rigged sticks, and a beaver or flappy claw craw style baits fished around the bluegill colonies, shallow heavy cover near said colonies or where they just finished up spawning themselves.

 

This is the norm for a shallow, natural, grass filled lake. The notion that the big bass go deep to rest and recover immediately after the spawn does not apply here.

 

About 2 weeks after the gills are done spawning is when you'll see the females make a move. Some of them stay shallow year round feeding on bait that live shallow all year, others move into the grass and stay there as long as forage stays, the rest join the males on the weed edge and basically act like smallmouth for the rest of the year. Never coming shallower than the weed line to feed, and living around offshore structure or isolated cover outside the grass. These fish will also suspend a lot when they are not active, leading to the phenomenon of the ol' bite turns on at the flick of a random switch, and then shuts off as they retreat back into the depths and suspend for a while again.

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Senkos, flukes, jigs, creatures, worms, and most any soft plastic you can think of. Also topwaters, generally in low light or cloudy conditions.

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4 hours ago, iceintheveins said:

Senkos, flukes, jigs, creatures, worms, and most any soft plastic you can think of. Also topwaters, generally in low light or cloudy conditions.

What are your favorite brands for each of those?

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Pick any 5. Can't "unmask" the shaved lips without seeing your clearance...

Photo from May 28, 2014.jpg

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I'm not listing five . Floating minnows shine post spawn . I like the bomber Long A .

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21 minutes ago, Skspacemonkey said:

What's your favourite popper?

 

Iovino Splash It, it's a copy of the old Michael (as is the Rico). I find them to be the most consistent from lure to lure. That being said, I have one Michael, one Rico, one Yellow Magic and one shaved (old) PopR that are just right. Besides the lip and line tie, the rattles and attitude when sitting on the water make a difference sometimes. I tie my own trebles with hackle on most of them. I keep a few extras in 1", 1 1/2", and 2" once the water warms up.

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54 minutes ago, reason said:

 

Iovino Splash It, it's a copy of the old Michael (as is the Rico). I find them to be the most consistent from lure to lure. That being said, I have one Michael, one Rico, one Yellow Magic and one shaved (old) PopR that are just right. Besides the lip and line tie, the rattles and attitude when sitting on the water make a difference sometimes. I tie my own trebles with hackle on most of them. I keep a few extras in 1", 1 1/2", and 2" once the water warms up.

2nd Splash-It,  Don has chicken feathered Owner trebles, never had an issue with them.

Tom 

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On 4/4/2017 at 6:46 PM, Skspacemonkey said:

What is your preferred beaver bait?

I have some old sweet beavers that I pull the legs off of, and just leave the tail attached. 

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You can still get bit on spinnerbaits and crankbaits, especially with some surface chop, with a stop and go retrieve just outside the spawning areas. But for me post spawn is plastics, jigs, and topwater time.

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