Topwater Arrives in TexasApril 27, 2017
From the Rio Grande to the Red River, the bass spawn is over in Texas. Post-spawn is a tricky time of year to pattern largemouth. They're in transition from shallow spawning flats to their deeper summer homes. On my local lakes around Dallas, their summer haunts are actually in less than 10 feet of water. One would think this would make them easier to find, but that's not always the case. Fish your highest yield spots. On many lakes, bridge or dam rip rap is a year-round sure-thing type of deal. They spawn on the shallow rocks. They key in on the shad spawn on early mornings in late spring. They hang around in the summer to police the exploding crawfish population. A lot of people dislike fishing this sticky rip rap. You can lose 30 dollars worth of jigs in an hour. My advice to them is this: don't fish a jig (or a Texas-rig or a drop shot or anything that buries in between the rocks). Fish a slow sinking bait like a senko or fluke and get bit on the fall. If it's windy or you want a faster fall swap your EWG hook for a 1/8 ounce swimbait hook. If you're fishing in low light work the whole thing over with a topwater first. If your rocks have bushes on them, throw a frog. My "frog" of choice this year is the Livetarget Sunfish Hollow Body (pictured). Tight Lines.