“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”

Song of Solomon 2:11-12


Everyone looks forward to spring. It’s a beautiful time of year that brings renewal, the resurrection of Christ and Easter celebrations. Springtime also means that weather conditions will improve and fish will begin emerging from their winter habitats. 


Brush up on a few important tackle and fishing preparations to ensure that the next time you go out you’ll have success on the water.


Fish Warm Waters


In most places, the best spring fishing locations will still have cold water. However, try to find areas that are slightly warmer than others. Places with shallow water will warm faster and aggregate more forage which, in turn, brings more fish.


Plan Around the Weather


Spring fishing comes with weather that varies. Many unseasonably warm days will be met with approaching cold fronts. Pay attention to the weather so that you can take advantage of nice fishing days.


Furthermore, as the weather varies so will the water. More than other seasons things such as water temperatures, clarity, and levels will shift in the springtime. If you can, try to fish where the current changes, areas that have temperature differences and where the water clarity shifts. 


If you’re fishing on a lake than try to get a spot around riprap. The boulders are heated by the sun all day, making the surrounding water warmer and attracting fish.


Choose Small and Slow Bait


It’s important to downsize your baits in spring. Regardless of what species of fish you’re after, smaller bait that is worked slow will help you get more bites. Fishing lures that are big and fast will make fish reluctant to strike. While the spring bite isn’t comparable to summer topwater fishing for bass, it can still be successful when done correctly.


Live bait can help you to fish slower and fish are more likely to bite than when presenting with artificial lures. Try minnows on a jig, bottom-bounced or rigged on a single hook with a bobber. Nightcrawlers can also be effective. 


Avoid Setting the Hook as Deliberately


As slow as fish can be to bite in the springtime, they are also slow to eat your fishing lure. A very simple tip is waiting for a second longer than you would at other times of the year when you feel a bite. Pull up and tighten the line, then begin reeling.


Don’t become discouraged if you’re having difficulty catching anything in early spring. Experiment with different locations, lures, and casting techniques. It can be tough to catch fish while the water is still cold and the weather continues to vary. On days when you’re not getting any bites to spend some time working on how to be a better angler. Remember, it’s all about relaxing in the Lord’s creation.