Spring Fishing

Where to Find Bass During the Shad Spawn - Think Timber

The shad spawn and bass post spawn period coincide and can provide some of the best fishing of the year. Texas-based pro angler Russell Cecil discusses his shad location program in reservoirs that have standing timber and his favorite baits to fish these areas.

Not all wood attracts shad. The most productive stands are found on flat points at the mouth of spawning pockets and trees with limbs and the most mass underwater tend to hold the most fish. Cecil talks cedar trees in specific and dives deeper into how to identify the best ones with the naked eye. He keeps shad-imitating horizontal baits like spinnerbaits and swim jigs at the ready and explains why a swim jig just might be the best bait for the situation.

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