More tips on fishing before spawning

It is important to know when to fish for bass, as depending on the part of the country the bass wakes up from a wintry “pout” and moves on to the bass spawning season. Traditionally, the largest bass is caught during this period before spawning (around March).

Here are some tips for fishing before spawning bass:

1. Since the water is still cold, the bass metabolism is slow. Bass won’t chase bait far; It’s still more of a reaction bite. Casts must be precisely tailored to structures that can heat up more quickly, e.g. B. dark stumps or rocks. And the bite can come from a drop or twitch just above that pre-spawn bass’s nose.

2. Though sluggish, those pre-spawn basses are hungry and big bait like a jig and soft plastic combo can be the ticket. Similar to the autumn bite, the bass can focus on larger prey and not bother to use up unnecessary energy with small snacks.

3. Another tip about fishing before bass spawning is not to think about it. The first time you take the boat out this year, remember the spawning areas and focus on deeper water nearby. Also, try places like the mouths of bays that this bass might pass through.

By monitoring the spawning season of basses, anglers can have a good idea of ​​the location and mood of their target species. This differs depending on the temperature and location. Through March 24, the Bassmaster Classic at Lake Conroe near Houston, Texas, is predicted to spawn possibly end. Wherever you go, make sure you have the boat registration and fishing licenses up to date before heading out.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.

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