Go early, stay late. It's a mantra that most hardcore anglers live by. But I can tell you when it comes to bass, it's not so applicable in March. This month it's more like sleep in, stay late. Or get up early and tell fish stories at the diner over 19 cups of rot gut coffee, go shoot the breeze at the tackle shop for a few hours, then get out on the lake. Fact is, the bass bite is far better in the afternoon in early spring, and that's because the activity level of the entire ecosystem is going to be at its peak during the warmer afternoon. As far as staying late, I don't mean wear night vision goggles and throw Jitterbugs in the dark. Although Fred Arbogast would be proud, it's not time for that yet. Just stay until dusk, then head home to watch some college basketball before the temperature starts dropping again. Here's why.