Saturday, February 17, 2018
What Triggers the Spawn Season for Bass
A bass will begin to be romantically inclined as the water warms to the magical 60-degrees Fahrenheit. As the water warms, they go through several phases where they move up from deeper water to a more nearshore location typically off of points or creek channels. Big cold fronts can cause them to push back towards deeper water. But, at some point, the 60 degrees is held and continues to warm.
So, the real question is how does water warm up with an ever-changing atmosphere? Air temperature is in reality only one variable in the warming of a lake. But, when the warmer spring air begins to rain, the real change begins to take place.
When this change begins to take place, bass begin to get aggressive. They must pack on some weight to carry them through the trauma of the spawn. Females will be at their heaviest weight of the entire year and are far easier to catch. From fast moving baits to slow crawling, they will inhale them. Bigger is indeed better at this time of the year.
Start planning your off days now so you can have the time you need to target some of the biggest fish of your life.