Simple Remedy for Post Spawn Blues

The period of time directly following the spawn can be a little strange if you don't know how to adjust. This happens all across the country when the bass are transitioning and recovering from the stressful spawn.

Understand the Mood:

Understanding why a bass is doing what it is doing is critical to being successful on the water. This is no different when trying to pattern post spawn bass. Typically after the spawn bass will make there way toward deeper structure such as humps mid depth points or shallow points relating to current. The key to these type of places are the fact that they give a bass somewhere to rest and recuperate while picking off an easy meal.

What to Use:

Probably the most effective way to catch these fish that don't want to chase something for often a week or two after the spawn is a shaky head worm. While some post spawn fish will chase moving baits and eat topwater baits a shaky head fished slow around post spawn transition areas for the 1 to 3 weeks following the spawn is one hard to beat technique. My overall jig head and worm of choice is a 3/16 oz Zman Shaky HeadZ rigged with a 7 inch Zman Finesse WormZ. I like to very my color selection using lighter more natural colors in clear water and darker colors for stained or dirty water. As far as the rod and reel selection I prefer a 7 foot medium action rod with a size 2500 or 3000 reel. The size Vicious Pro Elite Fluorocarbon I use varies from 8lb test up to 12lb test based on how heavy the cover is that I am fishing around.


When fishing a shaky head the key truly is less is more. The less you do with the bait as far as working it during a cast the more fish you will catch. I often work my shaky head never letting it leave the bottom slowly counting every rock or limb on the way back to the boat. So let it settle to the bottom, fish it slow, and wait for the tell tail thump on the line.

I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania