Our Pick: Lower Connecticut River, CT
Hot Pattern: Pre-spawn largemouths can be caught in the larger backwaters, coves, and marinas. Spinnerbaits and small crankbaits usually get the job done.
Our Pick: Candlewood Lake, CT
Hot Pattern: Comb gravel and rock banks for both spawning and pre-spawning smallmouth and largemouth bass. Cast spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and jerkbaits for pre-spawners.
Our Pick: New York City Reservoir System, Westchester and Putnam Counties, NY
Hot Pattern: Bass start spawning first in the smaller, shallower reservoirs with local watersheds.
May 27-June 2
Our Pick: Oneida Lake, NY
Hot Pattern: Fish weedy points with lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits for pre-spawn bass. Cast jigs and Texas-rigged soft-plastics in hard-bottom bays for spawners.
Our Pick: Lake Champlain, NY/VT (pictured above)
Hot Pattern: The largemouth spawn starts on the south end of this massive lake. The bays with creeks flowing in tend to draw the most spawners.
Our Pick: Lake Bonaparte, NY
Hot Pattern: Cast red or chartreuse lipless crankbaits for pre-spawners roaming the flats. Spawners can be caught on green pumpkin or watermelon stickworms, tubes, lizards,