Our Pick: Table Rock Lake, MO
Hot Pattern: Windy banks are always preferable. If there's no wind, hold in deep water and cast a finesse worm on a split-shot rig or shaky head toward points and gravel banks.
April 29-May 5
Our Pick: Monroe Lake, IN
Hot Pattern: For pre-spawners, fish crankbaits and jigs with a Zoom Superchunk trailer in 3 to 8 feet of water in the upper end where the river comes in. Search for structure.
Our Pick: Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie, OH
Hot Pattern: Look to protected areas, like small marinas and mouths of streams, where the water warms quickly.
Our Pick: Crab Orchard Lake, IL
Hot Pattern: The spawning and pre-spawn bass will be in and at the edge of the water willow. Pitch a jig and slowly drag it back, always maintaining bottom contact.
Our Pick: El Dorado Lake, KS
Hot Pattern: Blind-cast a Texas-rigged green pumpkin Zoom Brush Hog on spawning flats about two-thirds of the way back into coves where water is clearest.
May 27-June 2
Our Pick: Mosquito Reservoir, OH
Hot Pattern: Search shallow bays (3 to 4 feet deep) with deeper-water creek channels nearby that are protected from northwest winds.