Fishing Craws for Early Prespawn Bass

Walking around your local tackle shop, its an easy lesson to learn that bass love to eat craws and so it stands to reason that’s why bass fisherman love fishing craws. Take a look at how many baits are shaped like or painted to resemble the little freshwater crustaceans. You don’t have to be a fisheries biologist to figure out what you should be trying to mimic.

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Fishing Craws during Prespawn

Bass are especially fond of crayfish during the prespawn period, and because of that you’ll have major success in the spring by fishing craw patterned baits like the BioSpawn VileCraw, or a crawfish patterned crankbait.

It’s not just their general love for crayfish that makes bass go gaga for crayfish in the spring time though. Interestingly, there is a biological reason for it, and it has everything to do with the upcoming spawn.

Compared to shad, bluegill, or other common bass forage, crayfish have extremely high levels of minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium built up in their shells. In the spring, bass require much higher inputs of these minerals to build their eggs, so they try to eat as many crayfish as they can.

To most effectively capitalize on the early prespawn bass/crayfish relationship, try fishing craws on rocky areas like rip rap, bridges, points, and bluff walls in the spring. Crawfish make their homes in the little nooks and crannies in the rocks, and prespawn bass spend lots of time combing those areas over for crayfish.

Try rigging a BioSpawn VileCraw on a 1/2 ounce wobble head and slowly reeling it around rocky points. The tantalizing flapping motion of the VileCraw will be sure to generate devastating strikes from hungry prespawn bass looking for a snack.

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