Fighting a huge bass to the boat is a great way to start off your fishing season, and spring may just be your best chance to tangle with a real behemoth. Before, after, and even during the spawn, channels and cuts near beds will always have bass in them.
For many anglers, there is nothing more thrilling than targeting bass in shallow water. For GYCB Pro Jay Yelas some of his greatest professional triumphs have come this way, including his 2002 Bassmaster Classic victory on Lay Lake . Today, when targeting shallow water bass, Yelas relies on a pair of Yamamoto soft plastics to consistently put bass in his livewell: the Flappin' Hog and the Senko.
Fletcher Shryock's journey to the top of the bass fishing world is a great story. The former professional motocross racer started fishing at a very young age. After a shoulder injury derailed his racing career his focus returned to the sport he loved as a child. His meteoric rise from club angler to professional is nothing short of amazing. “In 2009 I started fishing tournaments and by 2011, I was fishing the Elites (Bassmaster),” said Shryock.
For the vast majority of us, what we know about bass is learned from the fish we are able to catch. We were in the right place at the right time (to the best of our knowledge) and we fooled them with a Senko (or your favorite choice of bait). But that glimpse into a fish’s life is merely that -- a glimpse, an incredibly small snap shot in the 86,400 seconds that make up a day.
If you read my previous column you’re aware of what the Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife Departments have recently done or are still in the process of doing on the Columbia River.
Fish management officials are removing the size and bag limits on the Columbia River as well as a couple of the Columbia’s major tributaries on the Oregon side. Those tributaries, like the Columbia itself, are producing some of the best smallmouth bass fishing you’ll currently find in the western United States. The same thing applies to walleyes.
I caught my first bass in Washington State shortly after I and my parents arrived there from North Dakota way back in 1936.
Except for the more than three years I spent serving with the United States Army infantry in World War 11, I continued to live in either Washington or Oregon until my wife and I moved to Arizona in late 2004.