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Top Prespawn Smallmouth Tactics

Top Prespawn Smallmouth Tactics

Flat water in a pale morning light. Brisk but calm. Golden brown bodies ghosting beneath the surface over sand and rock. A strike. She boils on top, then races toward the break followed by 4 or 5 brethren.

That's spring bass fishing "up here." On the Great Lakes and the natural lakes of the North Country, shallow bass rule prespawn hunts. We could fish them deeper, but why? Can't see them. Can't watch them fight all the way back to the boat. Not as active off the breaks. Obviously I'm prejudiced, so I asked a few experts to help pick top prespawn tactics.

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