Fishing 1-4 weeks after a lake thaws out after the winter freeze. Look for shallow coves or bays that are protected from the wind, with dark bottoms, located in the north, west, or northwest corners of the lake. These Coves and Bays will be the first to warm up, because they receive the most sunlight at this time of year. In these areas insect activity will begin earlier, which will attract baitfish, which in turn, will attract BASS.
Parallel cranking is one of the most effective techniques when covering narrow flats, rip-rap or gently sloping banks. Not only does it keep your bait in the strike zone for much more of your cast, it often gives the fish an angle of deflection they haven’t seen, provoking a reaction strike.