Fishing for Bass in the Grass

Early spring time is one of the most exciting times of the year to be out on the water. Bass typically start to migrate from their winter haunts, and flood the shallows looking to feed up on baitfish prior to bedding down to spawn. This means that a large majority of the fish population is up shallow, and they are hungry! On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, Wade Middleton and Clark Wendlandt take to Choke Canyon reservoir in search of pre-spawn fish hanging out in and around the grass.

Choke Canyon Reservoir used to be considered one of the best bass fishing lakes in the country. Back during the mid-2000’s, it was not uncommon to catch a double-digit bass or even multiple fish over six or eight pounds. However, the lake experiences drastic changes in water level due to extreme drought and demand on the water supply by surrounding areas. This causes the lake to drop, vegetation to die off, and water quality to become poor. All of these variables do not lend themselves to a healthy fishery. But over the past three to four years, the lake has seen a great upswing. The grass is back, and fish populations are healthy. Choke Canyon is once again becoming a destination for anglers to visit and fish!

During their time out on the water during this episode, Wade and Clark quickly dial in a pattern for these Choke Canyon bass. The fish are relating to the abundant hydrilla/vegetation, and are keyed in on a swimbait. Learn what type of swimbait they’re throwing, the exact rod, reel & line setup, as well as better understand how the bass are relating to the grass in this great episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook!

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