The Ultimate Guide to Spring Fishing

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With springtime finally here, it’s time for you to head outside and enjoy the beautiful weather as well as some phenomenal fishing. You won’t want to miss the incredible spring fishing opportunities that can be had early on in the year. Many people avoid lakes and streams until turbidity clears and temperatures rise, but who really wants to wait that long anyway?

Yes, fishing during the spring months means you’ll be faced with flooded streams, murky waters and freezing temperatures, but don’t be discouraged! Use the seasonal shift to your advantage and embrace Spring fishing those raging streams and brimming lakes with these helpful tips:

Stream Fishing for Trout and Walleye

spring fishingWe all know that fishing near logs or under water snares are the best bet for successful trout fishing, but don’t bother with these areas when the streams are exceptionally high and all churned up from the seasonal runoff. Instead, turn your focus to where the river has surged up onto the land, creating a new bank. Flood waters like this will warm faster due to their shallower depths and eventually flow back into the main body of water.

Find that convergence and fish it hard! All that warm water is running off and bringing large amounts of worms and other grubs into one very small area. You’ll find the honey hole right at the confluence. Yep, X marks the spot. It’s the perfect spot for fish to lay low, stay warm and feed as much as they like.

Another great stream fish to catch early on this time of year is the walleye. Springtime means the fish are moving. Every day a spot can run dry that was hot the day before — that’s because these big guys are moving to spawning grounds, so you should follow. To catch walleye before they go to spawn, you want to fish the slow currents, right up under watered timber or snags.

With slower currents and murky water, you want to be very particular about your bait. The brighter the colors, the better, and since visibility is low, you should make sure your lure dives hard and fast — consider Rapala’s Countdowns. Depending on your location, of course, you might find your favorite streams for fishing walleye are crowded, so don’t be afraid to move above or beyond, these guys like to winter upriver so if you time it right you can catch them before they move too far down.

Spring Fishing Smallmouth, Largemouth, Oh My!

If you’re eager to hit up your local lake for springtime fishing instead of the streams, then look no further than the smallmouth bass. They love big lakes and tend to hang around steep drop offs so they have easy access to shallower, warmer water once it’s time to spawn. Almost every outcropping, or finger, that juts into the lake will have two sides with steep drop offs ideal for smallmouth. If these spots aren’t available, troll each end of the lake shore and you’ll find them. With a little patience, you can locate them and it will be all downhill from there.

Even though lakes don’t suffer as much from visibility as they do from dropped temperatures, visibility is affected. Find a lure with a fast motion that vibrates hard when popped. The color isn’t as important as the motion, it’s the movement they can’t resist.

If you’re spring fishing for largemouth, then the bait scenario changes a bit. In fact, the darker the jig, the better. Big jigs, and I mean very big, that are dark in color will stand out most in extremely turbid water. When water runs high, you will generally find largemouth hanging out near the original shoreline where visibility is at it’s best; so wade in as far as you can and fish the old bank under snags and logs, letting your jig rattle and make plenty of noise. Adding weight to get to the bottom fast is a requirement, and don’t worry about it affecting the movement of the jig. It’s the noise that’s going to grab their attention and cause them to strike. You’ll have a big one hooked before you know it.

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Hi, I am Gregory Beckman, as the main owner of Military Hunting and Fishing let me tell you a little bit more about myself. I am currently an active duty member in the United States Coast Guard. I have been privileged to traveling the world. My experiences have shaped the way that I see the world and my memories will stick with me for a lifetime. Although I may not live in the country, the country lives in me. Traveling the world I have had the chance to experience the wonders of nature in many different places, meeting many different people and tasting wild game that the normal person would not get to experience. Although these experiences have kept me away from home, it has instilled a deep passion of hunting and fishing in my blood. Thank you for joining our site, and I look forward to interacting and sharing stories of our hunting adventures. Gregory A. Beckman
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