Forsythia blooms

By Roger Williams

It is that time of year again. Grass is greening, flowers are sprouting, trees are budding out and the fish are biting.

This is one of my favorite springtime rhymes.

“When forsythia bushes are blooming, the bass bite is booming.”

The yellow, bell-shaped flowers on these prolific bushes indicate that it is time to be casting lures to hungry bass in the nearby lakes and streams.

A deep-running “Christmas tree bomber” cast along the shore and bumping the bottom will attract the attention of the hungry, pre-spawn bass laying in wait.

Casting a deep-running “rebel” or a “jig-n-pig” will also produce strong strikes from the ravenous bass.

The fish are becoming more and more active as the water warms from the longer days and bright sunlight.

You may have to try a few deep-running spinners or a weighted plastic worm to find them, but the ones you catch will be “keepers.” Shiners are good this time of year, also, for the large, hungry bass.

Get your gear in good shape, put the boat in the water and don’t forget your net. The fishing spots need to be located and the proper lures identified for use in tournament fishing later in the season.

Scouting for bass, I like it.

Have fun. Release the ones you don’t plan to eat or mount. They can grow even larger and provide the fun of the catch once again. A picture will be evidence enough to prove you caught them to your friends.

I wish you success in the tournaments and pleasure in your fishing this year. Keep an eye on the forsythia bushes, and catch a bragging-size bass – or two – this spring.

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