Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing for spawning bass

In bass fishing, the fishing seasons are broken up into three main seasons, the prespawn, the spawn, and the postspawn. The prespawn is the early spring season when the water starts to warm and bass move from their deeper water wintering holes into the shallows as they warm. The spawning season is what we are in now. This happens when the water in the shallow areas of the lakes warm into the mid 60’s and the water levels in these shallow water areas have stablized. Then male bass — or as some fisherman call them buck bass — will move into these shallow areas and start looking for spots to build the nest for female bass to lay their eggs.

If you have ever seen two bass together on a nest, you will notice that one bass is larger than the other one. The female bass is larger than the male bass. The female will hold close to the nest and will fan the eggs with her tail, and the buck bass will try to keep other fish like bluegill out of the nest and from eating the eggs. This aggressive behavior is the reason that many fisherman want to fish these bedding bass. Some fisherman refer to this type of fishing as site fishing because you basically hunt for the nest in shallow water and look for a bass to be on the nest, and then try to set up a fishcatching pattern.

One good thing about fishing for bass on the nest is that you need only a few lures. The biggest trick is to have the proper rod and reel and line set up. By this I mean that because you will be fishing in very shallow and sometimes clear water, you will want to stay with light tackle and line. Most fisherman will use a spinning reel on a medium light action rod. This will make for easier casting of the small light lures.

The line should be clear and in the six- to 10-pound test range. Line like the new fluorocarbon lines will work well. The lures most often used are tube baits also called a gitzit or a G2. Also small finesse worms or jigs are used and small top water stick or jerk baits are fished over the beds. One of the most fished baits is a lizard. The bass watches the bed for lizards trying to eat the eggs.

When you locate a nest, you want to just get close enough to make the cast and stay as quiet as possible. Make your cast close to but not right on top of the nest. You may have to make several casts to the same area to get a strike; this is normal in bed fishing. Wearing a good pair of polarized sunglasses will cut down on the sun glare and help you locate the nest.

Bass will move in and out of a nest during the day so you will have to check on the area while you’re fishing to see if a bass has moved into the nest. Sometimes a big sow bass will strike and this can be some of the biggest bass of the year for some fisherman.

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