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7 Keys To Cold-Water Crankbait Bass Fishing Success

Late winter is an outstanding time to pick up a crankbait rod, but the approach differs from other seasons. These tips will help you crank out more bass when the water is cold.

“We ought to get at least one on this next little section,” Jimmy Mason said as we approached a slight point along a craggy rock bank. The words barely escaped the veteran bass guide’s mouth when I felt a jolt and leaned into a stout-feeling bass. I turned to see if Mason had noticed that I indeed had hooked up and realized that he too had a fish on his line!

Late winter and early spring offer some of the best crankbait fishing of the year, with largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass often holding in predictable locations and positioned well for a cranking approach. These tips can help you find and catch more fish with crankbaits and make the most of this great opportunity.

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