Locating & Fishing Ditches For Spring Bass By Glenn Walker, Page 3

Locating & Fishing Ditches For Spring Bass
By Glenn Walker, Page 3

Spring 2021


was high enough and

Photo: Zach Rinn – Providence

LIPLESS: Covering

the current was strong

water on a flat is in the

enough to make a hole in

job description of a lipless

a section of land, forming

crankbait. I like to use a

a depression.

BOOYAH One Knocker

because of its unique


sound. Once I have that ditch pinpointed, I can make a long cast with the One Knocker and retrieve

Now, like most

the bait through the cast

things in bass fishing,

length of it.

you want to be

looking for something


different in that ditch or

shallow to deep water, or


targeting deep ditches to

There is likely going to be that sweet spot where the

slight depressions, a spinnerbait in the spring catches bass.

bass will congregate together or replenish over the course

My favorite is the War Eagle in either a single Colorado or

of the day. It could be just a slight turn, a hard spot in an

tandem Colorado/Indiana blade combination. Depending on

otherwise soft bottom area, or the spot where current may the depth of water, I’ll use either a 3/8- or 1/2 ounce bait.

just be slightly different in one section of the ditch.

To search out hungry bass lurking in ditches, reaction-

VIBRATING JIG: A great option for covering water in the

style baits are proven fish catchers, as they allow the angler spring as the vegetation becomes more developed is the

to cover water quickly and will generate a reaction strike

vibrating jig. It is also a great option when fishing a shallow

from a bass laying in that ditch as the lure is retrieved over flat and the depression is not much deeper than the flat

their head.

itself. I like the Z-Man Jackhammer

Depending on the depth of water of the flat and the

ditch, along with the cover that is present will dictate what

With spring moving closer, the bass you are seeking

style of reaction lure to use. Some of my top choices include: are moving closer to the bank and there is no better way to

target them then finding a good ditch or depression. •

JIG: When the ditches I am fishing are a little deeper or

have isolated pieces of wood or rock adjacent to them, I like

to work a 1/2-ounce All-Terrain Tackle Jig through that ditch

and bring it alongside the adjacent cover.

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Photo: Zach Rinn – Providence