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Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Catching bass during the spawn

On most lakes the largemouth bass have moved to shallow banks and in the backs of creeks to prepare for the coming spawn.

Male bass look for these type areas and make a bowl-shaped place in the bottom by moving soft sand and small pebbles out of the way. This will make a suitable spot for the larger female to come in and lay her eggs in the nest. If you can find a large shallow area like this, you should see several nesting sites. They will be a few feet apart and should have a male or female or both close around the nest.

After the larger female bass lays the eggs, she will hang around for a while. The male or buck bass will stay until the eggs hatch and guard the fry or newly hatched baby bass. The eggs and the hatched bass face a lot of danger of being eaten by bluegill, frogs, snakes, turtles, and birds and other fish including other bass. A lot of the new bass never make it past birth.

When something comes into or close to the nest, the bass will pick it up with its mouth and move it away from the nest. If the bass is feeding it may strike the bait or lure. It is not uncommon to see big female bass in areas like this during the spawn. You will want to use light line and tackle like a spinning rod and reel combo.

The bass will be very easy to spook in the clear, shallow water. Special baits are made just for this type of fishing like tube baits, jigs, small topwater and crankbaits and small four-inch worms.

Just fish as quietly as you can and make good long casts for best results.

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