February Zone 3

Zone 3 – February

Strike King pro Andy Montgomery explains why February is a transitional month in Zone 3 and how bass will react. 

Beginning of February is in winter pattern, while the end of February is beginning of pre-spawn – transitional time of year,” Montgomery begins. This transitional time means that anglers will need to adapt their baits to match. “Early in the month, it's still all about bait. During this time, there's a transition off of dominant bait fish colors to more craw-colored baits. This coincides with the tendency for bass to feed on shallow water forage as they move up to feed before spawning,” he shares. 

When thinking about location, Montgomery has some spots that he highly recommends. “So early in the month, you're basically looking off the end of points or coves in deeper creeks – you're mostly looking for bait fish on the deeper end of points. As they transition to pre-spawn, they typically stay around the same points that they were in during the winter, except in the pre-spawn, they move up the points to the closest piece of shallow cover they can find. This includes docks, laydowns, brush, or any piece of structure they can relate to while the focus on feeding before the spawn is in full swing,” Montgomery advises. 


Strike King Tour Grade Spinnerbait
Strike King KVD J300


BAIT 1: Strike King KVD J300


If the water is clear, Montgomery prefers Crystal Shad. In stained water, he switches to Sexy Shad. 

Known to have the perfect combination of roll, wiggle, and flash, the KVD J300 has increased castability, 3D eyes, and premium black nickel hooks, resulting in lethal action. 

Strike King Gravel Dawg
Strike King Gravel Dawg


BAIT 2: Strike King Gravel Dawg


Montgomery’s choice for clear water is Phantom Brown Craw, while he opts for Brown Gourd if the water is stained. Demon Craw is his top choice in muddy conditions. 

Delivering a wide wobble action in a bite-sized, 1.5 profile, Strike King's Gravel Dawg 8 grinds through rock, wood, and grass better than any medium-diving crank bait in its class. Strike King pros Todd Castledine and Kevin VanDam worked diligently to design the ideal, “go to” crankbait for anglers across the country.


Strike King Umbrella Rig
Strike King Tour Grade Titanium Umbrella Rig


BAIT 2: Strike King Tour Grade Titanium Umbrella Rig

He opts for Blue Gizzard in clear, stained, or muddy conditions.

The stiffer wire on the Bladed Tour Grade Titanium Umbrella Rig provides more stability than other umbrella rigs while the five blades flash and swivel to attract fish.

Strike King 1.5 Had Knock
Strike King  1.5 Hard Knock


BAIT 4: Strike King 1.5 Hard Knock


If the water is clear, he will throw Phantom Watermelon Red Craw, while more stained water calls for Delta Craw. Hard Knock Fire Craw is a favorite when fishing in muddy conditions. 

Utilizing the same shape as the original, Strike King’s 1.5 Hard Knock Crankbait produces all the same great action as the original with an enhanced knocking sound for attracting intense strikes. 

Tungsten Thunder Cricket
Strike King Tungsten Thunder Cricket


BAIT 5: Strike King Tungsten Thunder Cricket with Rage Menace trailer


He opts for Green Pumpkin in clear water.  If the water is stained or muddy, he will throw Fire Craw. Montgomery uses the Crawdaddy Rage Menace in all water conditions. 

Strike King’s Tour Grade Tungsten Thunder Cricket has changed the game for vibrating jigs. Its innovative design provides maximum swimming action, flash, and thump, with a superior hookup ratio.

Tungsten Thunder Cricket Tour Grade Skipping Jig
Strike King Tour Grade Skipping Jig


BAIT 6: Strike King Tour Grade Skipping Jig with Rage Bug Midsize trailer


In clear conditions, Montgomery uses Green Pumpkin Craw and utilizes Black Blue in stained or muddy water. The Green Pumpkin Rage Bug Midsize is his choice in all water conditions. 

Designed from scratch by pro angler Andy Montgomery, this performance skipping jig is built around a unique flat-sided head shape that glances lightly off the surface, for smooth, controlled skipping into the tight spaces that hold monster bass.