Big Bass Tip: How to work a bald spot

Find one of these bare-bottom patches in a weedy reservoir and you're in for a great day of spring bass fishing.

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Only a bass fisherman would welcome finding a bald spot. That's because it can lead to very good fishing on a reservoir in the spring.

Bald spots form when the grass on an underwater hump is exposed during the winter drawdown. That vegetation dies, and when the water rises again in spring, it submerges a bare-topped hump, usually about 5 to 10 feet deep and surrounded by thick grass. The resulting edge cover concentrates bass in a place that's fairly easy to find and even easier to fish. Here's how:

Find the Spot
Search for contour changes with a depthfinder or by dragging a Carolina-rigged lizard along the bottom. Submergent grass is generally a foot or two high in spring, and you can easily feel the difference between a grassy bottom and a hard bald spot with the lure.

Get the Edge
Bass relate to the grass edge that rims a bald spot and especially to any points, pockets, or other irregularities there, where they can ambush prey.

Merry-Go-Round
Cast a Carolina-rigged lizard or a shallow-running crankbait into the bald spot and work the lure over and along the edge of the grass. Fish all the way around the hump in a circle, and keep circling as long as the bass continue to bite.

Back Off
Don't crowd a bald spot, or the bass will ignore your lure. Instead, position the boat about 30 feet from the grassy edge.