Change baits often

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If you’re a one-rod kinda angler, you’ll miss out on a lot this time of year, especially in a compacted spawning season. Truth is, the junk fishing mentality goes a long way when you literally are fishing what’s in front of you.

You’ll have a mess on the deck, that’s the price of admission, but it’s worth the ride.

“This is probably the easiest time of year to get a bite,” Jones said. “It’s hard to beat the mid- to late-spawn and into the post spawn. Most of the life in the lake is shallow and you can usually cover water with a variety of tactics. Just pick a bait that fits what you see in front of you and don’t be afraid to change when what’s in front of you changes.”