Montgomery targets small bays, “nooks” that he feels get overlooked. “Most anglers will go right into the large bays with large spawning areas,” he says, “but smaller ones will warm quicker and get much less fishing pressure.” While the bass are still staging, he only fishes one-third of the way in toward the shallows, keeping his boat in roughly 8 feet of water and casting at the bank. He’s noticed that smaller spawning areas with adjacent deep water hold fish much earlier. When identifying likely hotspots, Montgomery looks for rocks and red clay; the combo makes excellent habitat for crawfish. His go-to lure is a 1⁄4-ounce Luhr-Jensen Speed Trap in the crawdad-crystal pattern.