Everyone thinks “a bass is a bass no matter where you go“; Lake Fisherman will say that bass relate to the same cover and that bass move the same way on any body of water. Well, myself, and a lot of river rats know that’s not true!!
Rivers add a different mix of situations to deal with, current and water
fluctuations are two of the major issues to contend with on river systems. In
the spring it’s the most crucial piece. Water movement can change the movement
of the bass and start or stop the pressman migratory run to the shallow water
spawning bed. One of the best tools to use to get update info on your water
levels is the Army Corp of Engineers river gauge reader. This reader is the
actual water level read out that the Army Corp Lockmasters has allowed to flow
in and out of the locks. This read out can change every day or every hour. You
can get this piece of info by going to the Army Corps Website or calling your
local river lockmaster! This information tells you how much water flow have
come in & how much water is flowing out of those locks, you can use that
information to help make better decisions on where the bass will move into to,
and where the bass will spawn.
When bass move up to spawn & the water flow is
strong and rising, normally the bass are easier to catch, but with high water
comes dirty water so sight fishing becomes impossible. When bass move in to
spawn & the water levels start to drop the bass don’t leave their beds,
however bass become very spooky so you have to make long casts & use finesse
presentations to get them to bite. Some the lures I like to use are finesse
worms, Sinkos and my favorite is a Horny Toad lure. Mainly, I use baits that
don’t make a lot of noise.
Bass don’t like strong currents when it comes to spawning time so look for
areas that don’t have a lot current when looking for spawning bass (canals,
chutes, backwater areas & any current break areas). Low water during the
spawn look for areas with quick access to deeper water (bluffs, points, deeper
pockets & marinas). Knowing your river current flow by checking your water
levels will give you a better understanding on where to concentrate your time to
get the most productive bite!!!!
By Marques Green - BASSIN' USA PROSTAFF TEAM