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    Water temperature and spawning bass
from Kevin (  
2/7/1999 12:20:00 PM


 At what water temperature should you begin to look for bass in a spawning pattern? Thanks.

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   spawn from brian (  2/7/1999 12:33:00 PM
 I beleive it starts at about 55 deg. but i also beleive that there are a lot of other factors that need to be considered, daylight hours i think play a large part as well as a steady temperate zone. fish can be fooled into going into spawn only to be turned off by spurious weather fronts that may prolong the spawn. In Connecticut the spawn on neighboring lakes can differ as much early as May all the way through July. you might also find different spawning periods on the same lake. I'm sorry but to say that spawn is triggered by something as simple as temperature just is not taking in the hole picture. i don't have a PHD, but i listen, learn and observe. good luck
   Spawning Factors from Team Daiwa Pro Staff (  2/7/1999 12:55:00 PM

Brian hit the nail on the head. Although water temp has a large effect on when the fish go into their pre-spawn ritual, length of day is the biggest factor. The full moon also plays a huge part. Here in Texas we have water temps in the low 60's right now and the males are beginning to move towards the bank,BUT we won't really see the full force of the spawn till the first full moon in March and fortunately we will also have a blue moon at the end of the month. If weather allows, try a little night fishing in your favorite spot during the blue moon at the end of March. You may be surprised.

Good Fishin',


   moon from Bill (  2/7/1999 12:56:00 PM
 I have also heard about moon phases affecting the spawn.
   Spawning times on the Texas Border from Lucky Al (  2/7/1999 10:31:00 PM
 Way down on the border, the wtr temp is 70* or more. It appears that some fish may have already spawned and some have yet to spawn. Most of the bass I've caught were males, but also some females. A couple seemed spawned out or ready, but others looked fresh and not "ripe with eggs." I'm wondering if the unusually hot temperatures (80*+) have come before the fish were ready? Some believe that the bass spawn year around down here(?) I have not seen any fry so far. Maybe the full moons in January also came before the majority of the fish were ready? If that's so, we should have a great spawn the next full moon??? Can anybody shed light on all this this??
   Spawn when and where from Ralph Manns  2/8/1999 1:02:00 PM
 Success in the past determines specifics. Bass return near where they were spawned and near the time and conditions they were spawned. If many fry survive when spawned on a full moon, the tactic is repeated. If only those fry spawned after April survive, you get more April and May nesting in that specific water. If January nests survive, you get more January spawning activity, etc. Adverse or unusual conditions modify the general rule. The general rule is males hit the nesting areas at 58-62 degrees with females and actual egg laying taking place mainly at 62-64 degrees with a range of about 60-66 degrees, providing the day-length is increasing. A generally steady increase in temperature is required. Wide fluctuations in water temperature in the top 3-5 feet of water will usually delay spawning. Sudden cold snaps after egg-laying often kill eggs and fry. But, bass may spawn more than once per season. The variability built into the genetics of individual bass assures some bass spawn early and others spawn late, allowing some success despite adverse weather.

To fish the spawn, simply go to the backs of coves in sheltered areas with non-silty bottoms and look for nests near cover. Bass prefer sunlight on the nest, so most nests are exposed rather than in shade and shallow enough for light to penetrate to the bottom. Bass prefer to nest with at least one side protected by cover so guarding the nest is easier. It's hard to defend two directions (sides)at the same time.



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