So, with so much dependent upon water temps and air temps, is that all you should look for? Absolutely not. Proper spawning moon phases that coincide with warm spells and lengthening days play a big part in initiating the first wave’s maiden voyage. But so does water level fluctuation for the body of water that you’re fishing. One would think that rising water would bring the first wave in shallow, but in many instances on fisheries that have a lot of shoreline cover, it gives the bass too much cover to hide in, making it tough for anglers to be effective. In contrast, a body of water with stable water levels may position the bass in a universal location that make sense for both the bass and the angler. The idea is to find locations where they’re heavily congregated, aggressively competing for those last prespawn meals, and relatively easy to catch. That may take the perfect storm, so choose your fisheries and fishing locations wisely. Wave 1 influx comes once a year, and may only last a couple days at best, so don’t miss it.