Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tips For Post-Spawn Success

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Courtesy of MikeLongOutdoors.com
Courtesy of MikeLongOutdoors.com
Some of the country is knee deep into the spawning season, while other pockets are just getting revved up.  Regardless of your current situation, all good things will come to an end eventually and one of the toughest fishing seasons of the year will be upon us as a bass fisherman – POST-SPAWN.  Even the name is heavy on the tongue and causes people to get sick tot heir stomachs.  But, don’t get too depressed.  Understanding large-mouth tenancies can produce numbers as well as size in this silly season.

It is important to note that after the female has laid her eggs, she will hang around the area for as much as 2-3 weeks.  She needs time to recoup.  The stress of the spawn will cause bass to find cover and suspend.  More importantly, their feeding is rather opportunistic during this weird phase.

Using lures that hang in the strike zone a little longer is a smart choice.  The versatile fluke, or a suspending swim-bait,  crank-bait or jerk-bait are also excellent choices for the post-spawn.  Remember that although she is sluggish, a girl has still got to eat.

Courtesy of MikeLongOutdoors.com
Courtesy of MikeLongOutdoors.com
Spots to look for are lay downs, wood cover, like logs and good thick weeds lines all adjacent to their spawning areas are excellent choices.

Also never lose sight of the fact that the entire lake doesn’t spawn all at the same time.  Some like to go early while other like to spawn when it’s a little warmer.  All in all, it may take a couple months for all of the fish to spawn and go through the post-spawn cycle.

Next week we will talk about the Blue-gill spawn and it’s relationship to bass in the post-spawn cycle.

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