We keep our hummingbird feeders up all year long. My wife likes to look at the little guys and I don’t care much about ’em. But I don’t mind those feeders because when the hummingbirds show up in our yard, the prespawn bass tend to get on primary and secondary points. It sounds like I’m being a hippie or something, but it’s like clockwork every single year. The first time I see a hummingbird buzzing around one of our feeders, my rear end is hooking up the boat and going to the lake.
According to folks smarter than me, hummingbirds migrate to their winter homes in southern Mexico and Central America in the winter; apparently they’re like me and hate the cold weather. But something inside of them knows when the warm weather is coming in the United States. Normally the males migrate north first and this happens anytime between January to early March in my area. So if I’m outside and notice smaller and brighter-colored hummingbirds (the characteristics of males) showing up in our yard, it’s a safe bet that the prespawners are just starting to move shallow.
Again, things like this may sound a little weird, but they’re an excellent way to get ahead of a pattern or bite before anyone else in your area.