Conventional bass fishing wisdom says that if the fish haven’t moved up to spawn, secondary points or ditches adjacent to spawning area are where you’ll find them. Makes perfect sense. However, many times the bass are even closer to spawning areas than that, they’re just not in the super-aggressive mood they were weeks before during the full blown prespawn. I’ve dealt with this situation countless times, and I’ve learned to combat it by focusing on a milk run of locations that have less to do with the spawn than they have to do with general bass attraction. For example, I’ll fish current slots where creeks come in, shallow manmade brush piles, or maybe even bridges that transition one part of the lake to another. Even boat docks and marinas that you know hold bass later in the year can produce bites. In essence, you have to forget about the spawn and pretend it’s long over.