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Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Early Pre-Spawn 2/7/2022 Fishing for early pre-spawn bass, such as in the month of February, can seem difficult to an angler expecting to catch a lot of fish. However, bass anglers expecting fewer, but better quality bass will be content until the days become longer and the warmer sunnier days begin to increase the water temperature closer to spring.

Toward the later part of February and on into early March, depending where you live, warming trends bring big changes to bass behavior. The sluggish, lethargic fish begin to move as they seek out warmer water. Once the water temperature rises from the low 40s up to 50 to 55 and up to the 60-degree range, bass will begin moving and become more active with each passing day.

A cold front means they will feed less as they move to and from the shallows to their deep lairs, waiting for the water temp to maintain about 60 degrees. Once this happens, bass will start moving shallower to spawn and this is when the bass are hungry.

Year to year, many bass anglers record and remember where spawning beds are located, which gives them a distinct advantage when fishing during the pre-spawn. Anglers make the most of this season by fishing the deeper channels leading to shallower areas. Look for a sharp bend or a hump, bass will often be holding there. A lake point close to a spawning flat is another great spot for pre-spawn bass. In deep reservoirs void of cover, bass will spawn on ledges or shelves along steep ledges in creeks. Pre-spawn bass will almost always migrate to these deeper areas near their spawning grounds as they wait for conditions to become suitable for the spawn.

The pre-spawn season is a productive time to fish beginning in the Deep South and moving north as days become longer, and as the air and water temperatures rise. As winter gives way to spring, the pre-spawn moves upwards in North America and many anglers wait and watch the warming trends by getting their tackle and equipment ready for another year of fishing for the Big One. Stock up on..... Jerkbaits


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