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Department tells bass anglers not to procrastinate on spring
March 4, 2005 - Forget
spring cleaning, now is the time for spring fishing - especially
if you want to catch a lunker largemouth bass. With the warming
water temperatures and lengthening days, the next few weeks offer
anglers a prime chance at fish worth bragging about.
"I have been hearing very
positive angler reports from all corners of the state,"
said Gene Gilliland, senior fisheries biologist with the Oklahoma
Department of Wildlife Conservation. "In fact, I just heard
of an 11-pound bass that was caught at Broken Bow Lake at a recent
According to Gilliland, the
time to go fishing is any time there is even a slight warming
trend in water temperatures.
"Just a few degrees one
way or the other can make a big difference when it comes to early
spring bass fishing. The difference between 48 degree and 50
degree water temperature may not seem like much to you and me,
but apparently it makes a big difference to a bass," Gilliland
There are a wide variety of
lures that will catch big bass this time of year, but Gilliland
said there are two standbys.
"Both jigs and suspending
jerk baits are great choices for the early spring, but the best
thing is to get out there and try different lures until you find
what works best," Gilliland said.
If you're still a bit hesitant
about braving the gusty spring winds, just take a look at the
record books. The months of March and April have produced 15
of the top 20 largemouth bass in the state.
For more information about bass
fishing in Oklahoma, log on to wildlifedepartment.com and pick up a copy
of the "2005 Oklahoma Fishing Guide."
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