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Here it is, what baits would you use:

You know the bass are on the main river and the creek channels and are hovering towards those areas that have a rocky or gravel bank with shallow water emerging grass thats in 2-3 feet of water and are also hovering towards banks that have laydowns with the water being muddy to a little stained in deeper water by rocky/gravel main points and the deeper creeks, The water is muddy, but fishable with the water averaging about 50 degrees and the water clarity being 1-2 feet with the forage available being Shad, Bluegill, and crawfish and the high winds dirty the water and the bass are relating to any available green grass with newly emerging spatterdock pads along the creek channels

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The first lure and technique that comes to mind is a suspending jerkbait. My favorite color jerkbait in off colored water is clown.

Cast it and and crank it down and give it a couple of jerks and then let it sit there for several seconds. Give it a couple more jerks and let it sit for a several more seconds. Be sure to count the seconds and remember how long you let it sit when a bass bites. That usually is part of the pattern when it comes to jerkbaits.

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I like a spinner in this case, the water you say is muddy, so my choice is a 3 bladded spinner for noise and flash.

Cast into the grass, rip it out and let it fall to the bottom just as it exits the grass, count to three, pick it up and let it fall again, keep track of the seconds you count be it three four or five, keep experimenting.

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Jig anywhere I think they are

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Usually sometime in the month a 5-10 degree drop in water temp. occurs. When the water is flowing they like the rocky points and gravel banks, but the quality bass are found in the grass. History has shown that the first part of the week the water temp is cold, but gradually gets warmer as the week progresses with the head waters of the creeks being the warmest with the clearest water, with muddy marsh banks producing as well. The creek ledges in no less than 6 feet produce when there is no current or slow moving current. The water temperature throughout the day is consistently rising as the sun gets higher

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Maybe crankbaiting around the channel where it drops off into deeper water. Or punching jigs into the grass.

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Sounds like the bass should be prespawn. After 48 degrees the bigger females should have started to move shallower. I wouldn't focus on channels but the areas in between channels and spawning areas. For example secondary points, drop offs, or ditches that aren't far from wintering areas. Once the water temp. hits 52 you should start fishing faster with lip less crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Don't waste your time fishing slow because the fish are feeding and getting ready for spawning.

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Well first i would go with an excalibur one knocker preferably in rayburn red then to a suspending jerkbait but if the water is muddy dont forget to get the colorado blades out and throw that slow roller

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