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Need some advice I'm entered in a tournament next month(may6) but as of now  the lake still has ice on it.I've always struggled right after iceout never know where to fish and what to use later in the season i fish docks that line the lake but I'm not sure that there going to be in the water yet there are some small shallow canals deep  rocks and weed beds any help on where to start and what to use will be appreciated 

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I would target areas that get the most direct sunlight. Not specific spots but areas. 

Right after ice out I look for the warmest areas I can find. A couple of degrees can make a HUGE

difference this time of year.

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Are you going to get a day to practice or show and go ?

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I can practice up until 12am day of but won't be around till a few days before planning on using all those days i can 

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Focus on the west side of the bank as it gets the most sun and the fish will be more active

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The pattern will still be deep.  Small jigs, deep jerk and blade baits.  

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Sounds like hair jig and jerk time.

North and sunny, but still deep

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50 minutes ago, NHBull said:

Sounds like hair jig and jerk time.

North and sunny, but still deep

Exactly, don't go west go north fish around the ice or in deep channels, ditches, or road beds.

When I fished up north, all it took to get a good bite was to find a depth change and there just so happened to be trees which holds heat.

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15 hours ago, All about da bass said:

Exactly, don't go west go north fish around the ice or in deep channels, ditches, or road beds.

When I fished up north, all it took to get a good bite was to find a depth change and there just so happened to be trees which holds heat.

The morning sun will hit the western and northern banks of the lake, warming the water a few degrees. This temperature increase will attract the bass. You will need to view the northern and western banks and decide which one is getting hit by the sun's rays when the sun comes up.

 

Water temperature controls the bass' behavior and eating schedule. Since the lake will still be cold on May 6th you need to study cold water bass fishing articles, DVDs and YouTube videos. In addition, look up cold water fishing in the search box in the upper right hand corner of this page.

 

Jerkbaits, lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits may be the ticket. A jig and pig can also be very effective.

 

Fish slow. And once you catch one look at it's color. If the color is silver then bass is holding low in the water column. If the bass is green he is up towards the surface.

 

Bass will tend to go to the warmer water, even a degree or two.

 

Good luck in your tournament. Be sure to let us know how you do.

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I did not know that the greenish color meant bass were high in the water column. 

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On 4/14/2018 at 2:06 PM, FishOn!GetTheNet said:

Need some advice

Move to a warmer state?

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Well the day has come and gone the tournament had 54 boats in it unfortunately i finished 53 I tried everything that I knew and was only able to get one keeper The main lake water was 46° in the smaller lakes connected to it  were 50+ degrees so I focused on those with no luck so much for finding the warm water most of the boats they caught the five fish  limit we're finishing the main lake oh well it's the start and end of my tournament career i'll never pump out that much money to go fishing again  I feel so humiliated makes me just want to sell everything and get a new hobby but that'll never happen I love recreational fishing too much and I'll probably enter another tournament again but I'm definitely going to wait till later in the year when the water temperatures are more stable and the bass are more active

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3 minutes ago, FishOn!GetTheNet said:

Well the day has come and gone the tournament had 54 boats in it unfortunately i finished 53 I tried everything that I knew and was only able to get one keeper The main lake water was 46° in the smaller lakes connected to it  were 50+ degrees so I focused on those with no luck so much for finding the warm water most of the boats they caught the five fish  limit we're finishing the main lake oh well it's the start and end of my tournament career i'll never pump out that much money to go fishing again  I feel so humiliated makes me just want to sell everything and get a new hobby but that'll never happen I love recreational fishing too much and I'll probably enter another tournament again but I'm definitely going to wait till later in the year when the water temperatures are more stable and the bass are more active

Join a smaller club in your area and become a co-angler/non-boater. I'm starting that this year. It will help a lot to learn new areas and techniques with guys that have been fishing longer than I have been alive. I would try it out for yourself.

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