** Florida - Everglades Bassin'**
As a bass angler, the closest you'll ever come to a sure thing is the Everglades in late winter and early spring. As water levels drop during the dry season, most of the bass in the vast Everglades marsh move into the canals, which are bordered by sawgrass, lily pads, water hyacinths and hydrilla. Fish plugs parallel to that cover and drag soft-plastic jerkbaits through the cover. The best fishing is usually around cuts in the canal, where bass can move to and from theBR>
James Prince, who operates on 45,000 acres on the famed Katy Prairie 35 miles west of Houston, is also optimistic about the season. "The past two seasons were in a drought situation," he says. "And even then we had good hunting. However, this year we are not in a drought, the habitat and fields are in good condition and we have lots of young snows and Ross' geese."