And heere's one of the most important things to remember about the prespawn: Bass, like football fans, will come back every year to a great party spot. "They have a very small home range and are pretty much creatures of habit and routine," Gilliland says. "So, if you find a good staging area, chances are those fish will be there next year and the year after." All in all, that's a lot of information about a period of a bass' life that doesn't officially exist-but it's just the beginning. [NEXT "Click for More"] Little Creatures
_Big lures catch big bass, right? Not always. _When hefty largemouths turn finicky, as they commonly do after a front or in cold water, a smaller bait often draws more strikes. But not all bass baits are available in smaller versions, limiting an angler's options. That problem has been mitigated recently with the introduction of downsized creature baits. These soft plastics with bulky bodies and myriad arms, tentacles, wings, and flappers are available in shorter, thinner models. Now you can get the profile of a smaller lure with all the action of a larger one.