Q: Is there a good rule of thumb regarding springtime water temperatures and the speed of my presentations?
A: It varies somewhat geographically, but generally speaking when water temperatures drop below 48 degrees, force yourself to slow your retrieve. At 49 or 50 degrees, you can pick up the pace a little.To me, though, it's a relative thing. That is, if the water has been 55 degrees and a cold front suddenly drops it to 50, that's "cold" water and I'm going to slow down my baits. When it warms from 45 to 50, I expect fish to get more aggressive.