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A little help on this please... I have fished for Bass for some time now and never really got into what really goes on in the mind of a Bass. I basically just fished bass in the summer off of structure and all the places that they hang out at, like in the shade, around docks, under weeds, lillypads and those sorts of things. Now that I'm fishing in Tournaments around the metro area here and fishing as an Amatuer in the Gander Mountain Bass Tour, I would really like for someone to explain how to locate/where to look for spawning beds, and then also explain these Transition spots that you all seem to talk about. What are the keys to locating these spots. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I pretty much can find the honey holes in the summer time, but when it comes to what you all are talking about these early season Transition spots is what I don't really understand right now. Is there a specific water temp that makes these fish go in to spawn? Seems as they you are all saying that once it hits 60degrees water temp on the spawning areas, that is when they will begin to move up and do their thing.

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Hi Cabela,

Bass begin to feed heavily just prior to spawning in spring. Catching them is easy because nest-guarding males attack anything that comes near. (Some states will close bass fishing or prohibit angling in certain spawning areas until nesting season is over).

Largemouth bass spawn when water warms to the low to mid 60's. Bass in Florida usually deposit their eggs in February, while largemouths in Minnesota may not spawn until mid-June. After dropping her eggs, the female leaves the the male to guard the eggs and the young until they can fend for themselves. Nest-guarding males may strike at almost anything that swims their way.
Largemouth bass tolerate more light than walleyes. Still, bass shy away from bright sunlight and are most active under dim conditions.
On sunny days, bass feed at daybreak and dusk, spending midday along drop-offs close to feeding areas. Fishing is good on rainy or overcast days, but poor during and after a thunderstorm. Angling success declines in late summer when surface waters become too warm and bass foods become too abundant.

The fishing picks up again in fall when the shallows begin to cool. But when the water temps drop to the low 50's, fewer bass are caught.

Largemouth bass spend most of their lives in water that is only 5 to 15 feet deep, although sometimes they will move into deeper water to find food or to escape sunlight.
Bass in the shallows are likely to be near some kind of shady cover, especially if the cover is near deep water. Natural and man-made features that attract largemouths include lily pads, overhanging trees, stumps, brush, bridge pilings and boat docks.


Good fishing,
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Psyche!! It was me, Jebediah Finkelstein!!! Didn't you see the wink... tongue.gif

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