Spring has arrived and the bass are already starting to do what nature is telling them to do. Do you know what stage the bass are in, in their spawning phase?
“Spawning Time” Spring has arrived and the bass are already starting to do what nature is telling them to do. Do you know what stage the bass are in, in their spawning phase? – Bennie Wiese
While you are busy determining what stage they are in you must eliminate the pieces of water where they won’t be. As usual it’s not just going to be a walk in the park, you need to do your home work once again and be prepared. The first question that needs to be answered is “What type of water are we going to fish?” is it going to be a local pond, river, farm dam or a major piece of water like for instance Loskop? All the time, keeping in mind that every piece of water is going to change in different ways. The water temperature is going to warm up differently. Pay attention to other factors like; is the water level constant? Are there currents? This will help you in choices that need to be made.
The time of the year also plays a big role, although its spring, early spring and late spring differ greatly. Start watching the weather patterns, whether it’s been warm for a couple of days or if there has been a couple of cold days with a front, it all plays a big role in the spawning cycle of a bass.
You always hear of anglers talking about pre-spawn and spawn, but in actual fact there are four stages to the spawning cycle.
So, when you hit the water this spring, determine what stage of the spawn the fish are in and you will be well on your way to having a successful day on the water! By paying attention to the water and your surroundings, you can quickly find the fish and have a leg up on the guys who are still searching.
*Bennie Wiese is the editor of SA Bass magazine and an experienced provincial bass angler.