Kreiger primarily fishes a wake bait during the prespawn, and Gagliardi agrees that’s the best season. Relatively clear water is a must so bass can spot and home in on the bait, and the water temperature needs to be high enough that bass are willing to eat on the surface – usually the low 50s and up.
In the prespawn, both Krieger and Gagliardi cast wake baits parallel to the bank and target bluff walls, chunk rock banks, banks leading in to spawning areas, secondary points and other spots where bass stage up before moving in to spawn.
As prespawn transitions into spawn, a similar approach works in spawning areas. Bass that are staging or even starting to bed will often follow, swirl at or otherwise show themselves on a wake bait cruising slowly overhead. These fish can sometimes be caught with a follow-up lure or marked for later.