In bass fishing, the pre-spawn time frame is your best chance all year at catching the bass of a lifetime.
Certain prespawn bass lures are going to be more likely to catch giant bass than others.
Prespawn bass are typically feeding heavily before the spawn and the biggest bass, which are typically females, are full of eggs and weigh the most they will all year.
Knowing the best prespawn bass lures, as well as when and where to fish them is going to help you catch your PB this year!
Give these 5 lures a shot this spring and don’t forget to check the most awesome bass fishing hat you have ever seen!
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When it comes to early spring prespawn bass fishing, not many people are going to think about a topwater as a great lure to fish.
However, ask many tournament pros and they will tell you that one of the best times of the year to catch a big fish on a buzzbait is during the prespawn.
Once the water temperature hits roughly 50 degrees, bass will be in shallow water and be willing to hit a buzzbait. Many of these fish are going to hang fairly high in the water column, trying to get as much sun to warm their body temps up. These bass are susceptible to slurping down a buzzbait.
The key with fishing a buzzbait during the prespawn is to fish the bait as slow as you can. The best way to do this is by upsizing the blade on your buzzbait and downsizing the weight of your buzzbait.
Fishing a ¼ oz buzzer with a large blade will allow you to creep that buzzbait across the top of the water and entice strikes from large females that are setting up to spawn.
Typically you are going to want to fish a buzzbait in stained water for best results. A nice stain, but not muddy, will allow bass to push shallower where they are easier to target with the buzzbait.
Along with many of these lures, you are not going to get a lot of bites on a buzzbait during the prespawn, but when you do, it’s going to be BIG.
6”+ Soft Swimbait
Most bass fishermen saw Chris Zaldain nearly win the Bassmaster Classic, the Superbowl of bass fishing, in 2019 on a Magdraft Swimbait.
A 6 inch or bigger soft swimbait is dynamite at catching big bass during the prespawn.
When a bass moves up from their wintering areas in the early spring they really have one thing on their mind, the spawn.
During the spawn, bass typically don’t eat and they must sustain for days and weeks at a time on what they eat right before they make their nests. That is why a big meal is perfect for a big bass during the prespawn.
A bass is an opportunistic feeder, meaning if an opportunity presents itself, the bass is going to take it. So if a big baitfish swims in front of a big bass, or a big swimbait comes by, a bass is going to gobble that sucker up!
There are three big keys in order to catch bass on a big swimbait like a Megabass Magdraft or a Huddleston during the prespawn.
One, you want to find clear to mildly stained water (at least 2 feet of visibility).
Two, you are going to want to fish the lure at a slow to medium pace. Just keep that boot tail of the swimbait going back and forth.
Three, this lure is very conditional, meaning it typically doesn’t work as well unless the conditions are right. The right conditions for this lure of sunshine and wind.
Single Colorado Blade Spinnerbait
The spinnerbait is traditionally one of the best bass lures that has ever been created and it definitely shines during the spring of the year.
However, when it comes to catching big bass during the early prespawn, there is just something about a single big colorado blade that gets bigger than average bites.
This particular lure was exposed during the 2016 Bassmaster Classic, when Jason Christie nearly won the tournament on a big spinnerbait with a number 6 colorado blade.
There is just something about the thump of the single colorado blade that drives big bass crazy and like the big swimbait, this spinnerbait is a large presence in the water which entices the biggest bass.
Unlike the swimbait, the single colorado blade spinnerbait works best in stained to muddy water conditions. It can also work in water as cold at 42 degrees.
Like a lot of the lures on this list, it is best to fish the spinnerbait slowly. You want to slow roll this lure keeping it close to the bottom and allowing it to hit off pieces of cover as it comes back in.
Another old school technique that works extremely well during the prespawn time frame is the floating worm.
Although the term, floating worm, would make you think that this worm floats, it actually sinks extremely slow.
One of the most popular floating worms out there is the Zoom Trick Worm. Fishing this worm weightless, wacky style or texas style, is a fantastic way to catch large prespawn bass.
The key to fishing a floating worm is using an extremely aggressive color, like Bubble Gum or Merthiolate.
No one really knows why a bass hits these crazy colored worms, but the fact is, they do BIG TIME.
Simply twitch this worm just below the surface and then let it fall just out of sight, then twitch is back up again to just below the surface and repeat.
It sounds stupid but the floating worm is a very under-utlized technique to catch big bass during the prespawn.
This is typically going to work best in water temps over 55 degrees in clear to mildly stained water.
One of the old standbys in every bass fisherman’s tackle box is a good old jig. The jig is one of the best big bass lures that has ever been created and it really shines during the prespawn.
During the prespawn, bass are going to move up in shallow water and typically they will hold in some sort of piece of cover before they go up to spawn.
A jig works fantastic during the prespawn because you are able to fish a jig in that piece of cover or in open water.
You can hop a jig down a channel swing bank, pitch a jig into a laydown tree, swim a jig in shallow grass or skip a jig under a dock. A jig is extremely versatile and it just gets big bites, especially during the prespawn.
The biggest key to fishing a jig during the prespawn is selecting the right weight. Bass can be picky when it comes to the rate of fall during the prespawn.
Sometimes they want a bait to slowly glide down past them, in which case you will want to use a ¼ oz jig.
Other times, bass might only react to a jig if it falls quickly past them, in which case you might use a ¾ jig.
So if possible, keep a few different size jigs tied on during the prespawn and switch it up until you start to get some bites!
Use these prespawn bass lures the next time you are out on the water and don’t forget to protect your head with the most awesome bass fishing hat you have ever seen!