The water temps are up to around 63 degrees in backwater areas and the bass are spawning pretty good. There are small buck bass bedding on sand and the larger females are cruising around in the bedding areas. There are several different ways to get bit in these areas, I will share a few. If the areas have grass or lily pads present you can swim a jig through the pads and grass. A 3/8 Buddha Baits In-Seine Swim Jig in green pumpkin with a 4.25″ Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper in green pumpkin is a great combination. Pair this with a 7’4″ Hvy Duckett Terex Rod, a Team Lews Lite reel with 7:5:1 gear ratio, and 50lb Sunline braid and you are in business. If the bedding areas are near sandbars with sparse vegetation, then you can fish a shallow diving crankbait such as a Spro Baby Fat John in Nasty Shad. If you are sight fishing, then Power-Poles are a must b/c they make this technique so much easier. If you find a bedding bass, a Big Bite Baits Warmouth, a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook, and a 3/8 Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten and bobber stopper is a sure way to catch him/her. The other pattern that works well is to use your Lowrance HDS units and mapping to locate depressions and ditches near spawning areas. Bass will use these as highways and you can catch prespawn and postspawn fish in these areas with a crankbait or jerkbait.
Fishing Report Courtesy of Matt Baty