Spring Deep Crankin' Action

Iowa Bass Pro Shops angler Lance Baker hammers some fat bass with a deep diving crankbait.

I love ending cabin fever with an intense bass-fishing bite, and I'd highly recommend getting out as soon as possible to give this tactic a try.

A few suggestions first: Follow the creek channels and focus on 90-degree turns and if timber is nearby, make sure to tickle the branches with your lure. Suspended fish feeding on shad, bluegills or any other baitfish will be visible on your electronics. Locate suspending pods of bait and start casting a crank that will reach a specific depth--and hang on! My Lowrance electronics are essential to locating the right spots.

Secondly, the right rod is vital to being successful. For this type of fishing you really can't beat a Daiwa Steez Fle-X-Lite in a 7-foot, 2-inch medium-heavy model. I match the rod with a Daiwa Steez EX in a 6.3:1 gear ratio. And, I'll have that reel loaded with Bass Pro Shops KVD 100% Fluorocarbon. I prefer the fluoro because I can get an additional 6 inches to a foot of running depth just because of my line choice.

I like a Lucky Craft Flat CB DR crankbait, and with the rod, reel and line combination I can easily reach 10-13 feet, which is right were the fish are feeding in my Iowa lakes during this time of the year.

Give it a shot this spring, I think you'll find the fish and be in for some exciting action!

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