Early spring cranking with square bills can be a good technique to fill your live well with some monsters. The best time to throw square bills is when the water temp is between 42-55 degrees. On my home lake Grand Lake Oí The Cherokeeís in northeast Oklahoma square bills can be a killer this time of year. I throw a Strike King KVD 2.5 square bill crank when the water is between 42-48 degrees, due to the tighter wobble in the 2.5. I fish the 2.5 around main lake points and secondary points, if the weather has been warm for a few days donít be afraid to fish back into the main lake pockets. When the weather has been warm for a few days the baitfish like to move back into the pockets and the big largemouth are not too far behind.
When the water temp reaches 49-55 degreeís I like to throw the Strike King KVD 1.5 due to its wider wobble and being able to work it faster to cover more water. On Grand Lake I like to throw the Sexy Shad color in the stained water and the Chartreuse Sexy Shad in the dirtier water. If you are fishing a lake the is clearer water try throwing a Citrus Shad Color, Sexy Blue Back Herring, Green Gizzard Shad, Gizzard Shad, Chartreuse Shad, or Tennessee Shad. Last spring the biggest 5 fish sack I had was just a hair over 22 pounds, all caught on the 2.5 and the 1.5.
Other square bills will work just as well to like Banditís Silent Square Bill Crank, Bomberís Model B Balsa Square Bill, Normanís Fat Boy Crank, Lucky Crafts Fat Rick Clunn BDS Crank, and Rapalaís DT Fat Crank. Usually when throwing the square bill in the early spring you wonít get but five to six bites in day but the ones that do bite are good kicker fish. Make sure to take advantage of each bite you get because you donít get a lot of chances when throwing the square bill.