After the Party
Male and female bass eventually desert the nest and the fry, then loll around without feeding for a week or so before beginning their regular early-summer patterns. They stake out ambush cover and take advantage of the new crop of crayfish, young bluegills and other forage that hug the shoreline. Ambush cover is made up of shady spots like shoreline weeds, brush, lily pads, reeds, boat docks, riprap and laydowns. Fish these with lures that resemble the various critters that emerge with the advent of spring. Likely baits include leadhead jigs with crayfish, worm or minnow bodies, as well as soft- and hard-body jerkbaits and Texas- or Carolina-rigged plastic worms and lizards. Fish worms slowly, as bass are choosy when they're not actively chasing baitfish. In short, try to find the key to opening reluctant jaws in each of your favorite haunts.