I've lost more lures than I care to count by targeting stumps in the spring, but that doesn't stop me from fishing them every chance I get. Why? They're baitfish magnets, and hungry bass traveling to and from spawning beds pause beneath their gnarled roots to rest and feed. Plus, stumps are easy to recognize on a depthfinder screen. But there are thousands of them in most impoundments. I don't cast randomly at any I stumble across, and neither should you. Good fishermen pay attention to the spawning cycle to hit the stumps most likely to hold big bass.