Outdoors columnist for The Herald-Palladium

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The WillowVibe lure helped writer Dave Mull catch four fish on a recent trip to Austin Lake in Portage.

The commonly held belief among many bass anglers is that in the cold water of spring, you need to cast with subtle, natural-looking lures and fish them slow to catch bass.

Top lures include hair jigs, with billowing tails of seductive marabou. Another favorite is a minnow-imitating jerkbait, which anglers twitch and let hang for long agonizing seconds before they twitch and let it pause again.

Outdoors columnist Dave Mull lives in Kalamazoo. Write to him at dave.sportfish.mull@gmail.com.