What’s the Big Deal About Bass Fishing During the Spawn?
Late winter in South Florida means it’s pre-spawn time! Yep, now is the time for bass to start bedding and for the bite to really heat up.
The bass will soon be eating as much as they can before having to go for long periods of time without food while spawning and guarding the beds. Most lures will work really well during this time, and quicker retrieve will usually bring you more success.
When is spawning season? This depends where you live and fish. In warmer climates, the spawn starts earlier. However, most of the major bass fishing states experience the spawn in the spring months.
Spawning season is divided up into three time periods. The three spawn periods are referred to as the pre-spawn, the spawn, and the post-spawn. The pre-spawn is the early part of the season when the water starts to warm and bass move from deeper water into shallower water.
What to look for? Look for white or black areas or clearings on the bottom that are around one to three feet in diameter on average. The color of the clearing will depend on the composition of the bottom.
Here’s an amazing fact about spawning bass! Just one female fish lays between 2,000 and 40,000 eggs depending on her size. That’s a lot of youngsters to look after! Bass spawn with multiple partners (no monogamy going on here folks), and the male’s duty is to protect the eggs from predators.