Spring Fishing

Spring Jerkbait Tips for Smallmouth Bass and Walleye

We set out on a smallmouth bass mission on this spring day but were pleasantly surprised to catch a pile of big prespawn walleyes - best of all, both species were eating jerkbaits. Ricky Teschendorf details his springtime jerkbait fishing system for finding and catching prespawn smallmouth bass. If you're a multispecies angler, this program is equally effective for targeting big walleyes and northern pike. 

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Ricky explains where to start the search on natural lakes and reservoirs. Main lake points laden with a combination of rock and sand and adjacent to shallower pockets are prime staging areas and best fished with deep-diving jerkbaits. Teschendorf likes the bigger bill to create erratic bottom deflections similar to squarebill crankbaits, which in turn trigger reaction strikes from cover-oriented fish. You'll know you're fishing the right color when the fish are hooked solidly in the mouth. 

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The right jerkbait rod and reel combo delivers effortless casting and efficiency when working the bait, plus the power necessary to fight big fish. Look for a medium power rod with a soft and crisp tip but with a strong backbone for setting the hook and fish-fighting power. A high-speed reel is useful for quick line pickup between jerks and setting the hook in "off" rod positions when working the bait.  

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