The lake looks very good and we should have plenty of cover for the fish this spring. The water has already flooded the bushes and many of the bass have followed. You can catch bass in 1 foot of water or 30 feet this month. The shallower fish have been easier to find and on warm days that has the water temps in the lower 50s they will eat pretty good too. Rat-L-traps have been the best baits in reds and chomes, 1/2oz and 3/4oz. Hard and soft jerkbaits are catching fish up shallow too. Fish them around the bushes and flooded “hay”. Fish all of these baits on a stop and go pattern. 3/8oz Stanley ppinnerbaits have also been go producers up shallow. A carolina rig bite should only get better as the water warms and more fish begin to stage. Look for the secondary points to become prime spots to hold fish and well as balled spots in the hydrilla or inside grass lines. As the bigger females start pulling up out of the deeper grass, try trowing a medium running crankbait down the middle of the spawning pockets. Make sure to take an extra set of clothes and watch the weather. Aslo take a camera so when you catch that trophy you can take a picture and return it back quickly. Good Luck! Shane Allman is a full time guide on lakes Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. He is also a touring professional on the FLW Tour and EverStart Series. To contact Shane for a trip you can call (409)698-2227 or email

Water Temp: 50