Bass Fishing Emerging Cover | Late Spring Tips

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The post-spawn period is marked by the end of spawning activities and a fickle resumption of feeding. Wired2fish contributor Scott Walsh notes that post-spawn bass often seek out the best available cover, which is also usually warmer and home to bedding bluegills. Walsh gives us a tour of such a spot, explaining what makes it a fish magnet and how to milk it with a simple Texas-rigged plastic presentation. With fluctuating weather conditions and water temperatures, Walsh’s insights are helpful for anyone looking to score big during this transitional period.

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Walsh’s approach to fishing in varied post-spawn conditions is practical and effective. He focuses on areas with significant cover, such as old, matted vegetation, which provide ideal ambush spots for bass. He notes that these areas often hold more fish than the naked eye or electronics reveal. Rather than blasting through prime spots or spooking fish on the trolling motor, he locks down in prime areas with shallow water anchors, thoroughly fan-casting around before moving.


Walsh’s preferred casting setup is a simple staple: a sensitive yet powerful rod and a high-quality reel that can handle the rigors of flipping and pitching. His setup includes a light flipping weight and crawfish-imitating flipping plastic, which is excellent for quietly presenting the lure in shallow, clear water without spooking fish. Subtle movements and minimal splash are critical, as post-spawn bass are often lethargic and less likely to chase.