Soft Plastics and Finesse Bass Fishing

Springtime for bass, you need to use finesse techniques. The bass holds to the bottom most of the time seeking stable water temperatures. Using a jig or rig made for bouncing along the bottom puts the lure where the bass are staying. Soft plastic rigs are many and all will work but hair jigs can be highly effective also. It is best to have a good assortment of soft plastics. This allows an angler to change up the presentation for all situations. Sometimes a jig works but at other times a Texas rig is the best performing bait.

Largemouth Bass

The largemouth is a lake-dwelling fish. Soft plastics or finesse baits have to go into weeds and not get hung up. Use a weedless rigging style on worms, creature baits, and tube jigs. The crawfish type of plastics works well in the spring using natural crayfish colors. Certain shades of red, brown, green or gray seem to be the best for bass.

The drab tone of the colors looks more natural to fish instead of flashy bold colors that work in summer. This element is more important in shallow clear waters. A bright or flashy color can spook bass in the shallows especially when they are under stress. The spawning activity is a stressful time for bass. They are fighting for the best spawning area with another bass. Fishing pressure is not the only thing affecting them.

Smallmouth Bass

The river is the home of smallmouth although some lakes have smallmouth. A smallmouth in a river will be near current until it makes the spawning bed. Use the edges of current to your advantage. Work a jig downstream along with the current where the bass will see the lure coming. A smallmouth sees this as an invitation to eat. Tube jigs tend to hang up less then other rigs in rivers but use another rig if it is working.

The jig or rig should move naturally in the current flow. A jig too light will move too fast and too heavy will snag. The weight is crucial fishing current edges and seams. You will need jigs ranging from 1/8 to 1/2 of an ounce. A 1/4 to 3/8 is usually going to work in many instances but have other weights. In addition to tubes, grub tails and smaller creature baits work also. Hellgrammites are a favorite of smallmouth in the waters they are present.


Catching bass in the spring can be easy using the correct lure and technique. It does take the experience to learn which lure to use and when. You have to go out and fish the body of water and track the conditions. Keep a logbook for the waterway and time of year. Every time you go fishing record the weather, where and how you have fished, and the results.

This will provide a reference for later on. Adding to the information will result in gaining knowledge. “Knowledge is the key to successful fishing” according to Buck Perry. An old-time legendary bass angler. Any professional angler will tell you the same thing. They have spent years honing techniques based on experience.

Keeping fishing simple for tight lines and bragging rights

John McIntyre

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