April showers and cold spring weather has delayed spawning at many Oklahoma lakes, but fish should be moving back into shallow water as the weather warms.
The rain has raised lake levels to the point where bass anglers can actually fish some cover instead of a mud bank. The bass fishing should be getting good soon.
Edwin Evers of Talala and Stacey King of Reed Springs, Mo., have qualified for 18 Bassmaster Classics between them, so they know how to catch fish.
Evers said if you see a large bass swipe and miss your lure, immediately toss a different
lure back in the same place.
“Plastic worms, hard or soft jerkbaits, suspended minnow plugs, and other slow-moving
lures are the best,” he said.
“Try a large triple wing buzzbait around cover on cloudy days, when the water is warm
and the surface is calm and unrippled.
Troll with deep diving plugs in deep water. Use big lipped divers that will dig along the
bottom. Slowly troll within 60 to 100 feet of line out. Pay special attention to channels,
humps, and shoals.”
Small lakes that are not heavily pressured tend to be very good bets for catching
large bass because the fish are more accessible throughout the season, he said.
Most Oklahoma lakes will be moving into a post-spawn stage of bass fishing soon, and King likes soft jerkbaits when bass are in shallow water during the post-spawn period.
“During this time, bass usually ignore other baits but they love this lure’s
tantalizing action,” he said. “They sink slowly, which means you can put them right in front of a bass.”
The design of these baits causes them to ride horizontally in the water instead of sinking nose down, he said.
It can be fished on the surface or let it sink a little, then twitch it between
pauses. This will cause it to dart upward like a wounded baitfish and then slowly
“Six-inch baits are the most popular but when they get really picky, go to smaller
sizes,” King said. “Best conditions to use them are clear water and calm weather.”