he Pacific Northwest is an outdoorsman’s
paradise and there are plenty of species
to target for anglers. It’s home to excellent fishing for just about anything that swims, including
bass. The region has an abundance of big largemouth and
smallmouth bass that are often at the hungriest and fattest
points of the entire season during the spring months.
Major League Fishing pro Luke Clausen calls Spokane,
Wash. home and knows from experience that Washington,
Idaho, and Oregon can provide excellent fishing during the
first part of the year.
His approach to fishing around home in the early
months of the year is to keep his bait and color selection
simple and focus on the correct type of cover.
KEEP IT SIMPLE FOR BAIT SELECTION
Clausen believes springtime fishing is the easiest time of year to rig your rods and cover your bases. It’s a time when the front deck of his boat will only include a small sampling of rods and reels rigged with a handful of proven lures.
“It’s pretty simple in the spring in the Northwest when it comes to lure selection,” he began. “You’ll want a jerkbait for sure and other moving baits like a spinnerbait and ChatterBait are a must. I’ll also mix in shallow diving crankbaits and you have to have a jig tied on this time of year.”