March Zone 1

Zone 1 – March

Strike King pro Dakota Ebare highlights typical patterns and conditions in Zone 1 during March.

Ebare predicts that water temperatures will be in the 60s, with bass in both pre-spawn and spawning phases. “Rising temperatures will mean the fish will constantly be on the move as they focus on fattening up before heading shallow to spawn,” shares Ebare. “Staging areas will be key early in the month for fish coming and going from spawning areas. By the end of the month, sight fishing and fishing shallow flats will be the dominant pattern,” Ebare says.

1/2-3/4 oz Denny Brauer Structure Jig
KVD Perfect Plastics Ocho 


BAIT 1: Strike King KVD Perfect Plastics Ocho 

If the water is clear or stained, Ebare prefers Green Pumpkin. For muddy water, he will favor Black Blue Flake.

Crafted to reflect light and create a flash effect that no other soft jerkbait can, KVD Perfect Plastics Ocho is molded with supersoft plastic, has a slow sing rate, and is perfect for jerkbaiting and wacky rigging.

Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig


BAIT 2: Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig with Menace Grub trailer


Ebare’s choice for clear water is Green Pumpkin, while he opts for Falcon Lake Craw if the water is stained. Fire Craw is Ebare’s go-to when fishing in muddy or low-vis conditions.

The perfect bladed swim jig that belongs in every angler’s arsenal, the Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig has an ultra-stiff hook, stainless steel blade, and provides a superior hook up ratio. Menace Grub's profile helps add bulk and is streamlined to the Thunder Cricket, which makes it a great option for skipping under docks.

KVD Sexy Dawg Topwater
Strike King Rage Swimmer


BAIT 3: Strike King Rage Swimmer


He opts for KVD Magic in clear water, and switches to Sexy Shad if the water is stained. In muddy water, Ebare chooses a Pearl Flash.

With a unique and exclusive tail design, Rage Swimmer provides anglers with a custom, hi-grade soft bait with superior action.


Strike King Cut-R-Worm

BAIT 4: Strike King Rage Cut-R-Worm


If the water is clear, he will throw Green Pumpkin, while more stained water calls for Blue Craw. Ebare prefers Junebug in muddy water.

The Rage flange on the tail of the Cut-R-Worm causes increased action and has the fastest tail flicker rate on the market. The Rage Cut-R-Worm is perfect for flipping and pitching or Texas and Carolina rigging.


Strike King Rage Swimmer


BAIT 5: Strike King 5XD

He opts for Chartreuse Sexy Shad in clear water.  If the water is stained or muddy, he will throw Chartreuse Blue Back Splatter.

The 5XD dives to around 15-feet and is ideal for deflecting off deeper structure as fish make their way back into shallower flats.