motherlode lakes fishing for bass

Bass Hunt the Trout Lakes with Josh Parri


Winter 2021

Thumper Tail 8” Papa Boom Boom

Separ 9”

Boom Boom Rigged

Thumper Tail 6”



“I almost want to say no don’t go slower; but I will say yes for some people, because they overwork the bait,” he explained. “On the other hand, I’ve found that slower isn’t the only answer. This is especially true with the Balam. Big swimbaits have gotten more prevalent and the fish get acclimated to that slow roll retrieve on those bigger baits, so I like to vary that.”

Parris alters his retrieve cadence in variety of ways and gave some examples.

“Maybe I will start with a slow roll and halfway through my cast, I will go into two hard pumps, then back to a slow roll,” he began. “Other

times, I will do a more erratic retrieve with long reel pumps, changing the cadence to a short reel pump, then long reel pump. I am keeping the bait in motion, without giving a steady slow roll.

His slow roll thoughts are the same with a hard or soft plastic.

“I am incorporating a herky-jerky movement,” he said. “If they have become accustom to a slow roll, a change-up partially through the retrieve alters what they are used to. This change can force the fish to react to the bait, instead of letting it stare at the bait too long and then veer off.”


Both have their place in a Parris boot-tail


“The Papa Boom Boom comes weedless and

pre-rigged with a treble hook on the bottom, ready

to rock,” he said. “If I am fishing heavier cover, I will

throw it weedless. But in winter, I am mostly fishing

main lake points and rockpiles, so I will throw the

rigged one with a treble on the bottom.

“This is especially important if fishing big spots.

Spots tend to hunt the baits a little bit different. They

don’t suck ‘em in like largemouth. Spots come up and nip at ‘em and you tend to get a better hookup with a hook somewhere on the belly region of the bait. That’s the same with the Thumper Tail. It has another hook hanger on the bottom, and I add an additional hook



Shad, kok and trout are his top-three color profiles, but trout isn’t his first choice.

“I love trout

colors and I throw

them a lot, but

I really like the

more silver colors,”

said Parris. “With

silvers, I don’t

discriminate. A

lot of times the

planter trout that

we see from DFG

are very silvery.

There is not a lot of

red on them. They

are not always like

other trout. DFG

trout almost look

like little salmon

smolt. Because

of that, I lean to

shads and

silvers.” •