One of my favorite rites of spring is the annual white bass run. When conditions are right, there’s no better fishing fun than catching whites in a river. What it takes are the following river conditions; water temperatures in the upper 50s (57-59 is ideal), current flow, and semi-stained water color.
White bass fishing fits the “Bassin On A Budget” mantra since fisherman can find success in smaller watercraft; including canoes and kayaks, john boats, and smaller fishing boats. Fishing from the riverbank can be successful too. All you need is to be positioned on correct stretch shoreline and ambush the fish as they work their way from the main-lake upstream to spawn.
This type of fishing doesn’t require special tackle. Light and ultra-light spinning rods and reels works best. Spin-cast reels work well too making this type of fishing great for kids. All you need is a handful of lures too. Road Runners, small spinners, and little crankbaits will all catch fish. One key thing to remember is to use the correct size line. When fishing with smaller lures it’s imperative to use line on the lighter side. 6Lb test is the standard. Lighter line allows your bait to sink near the bottom where the whites are hanging out and allows your bait to perform correctly.
Not sure when to head out to catch spawning white bass? Keep and eye on the red-bud trees. When those in your region are fully bloomed, the time’s about right.