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The Opportunity to Fish For Some of the Biggest Bass is Now

During spring, the local weatherman stands before a green screen, strategically circling portions of the state with high and low pressure systems. Predicting spring weather in Idaho can be all over the map. While it might be weeks before most anglers wait for those warm, sunny days to pack coolers and slather on sunscreen, there is a group of die-hards who anxiously await these unpredictable April days: We’re looking at you, hardcore bass anglers.

The reason anglers go after bass during these next few weeks is simple: That’s when the big, trophy-size bass are swimming up from the deeper pools to spawn in shallower water. Warmer temperatures mean more active bass. Imagine just how fun waking up at 4 a.m. to go for a jog in January sounds and you get the point.

While both largemouth and smallmouth bass can be targeted most of the year, the first few weeks of April — as water temperatures begin to rise — mark the most exciting time to target trophy bass. And, no, you don’t need to be a bass tournament pro to get in on the hunt, either.

All it takes is a little understanding of a bass’s habitat, their spawning cycle, water temperature dynamics and directions to a nearby fishery. Put it all together and you got a recipe for one heck of a weekend fishing for America’s most popular game fish.

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