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How Do I Find Bass After Ice-Out?

Dear Jim
Its been about 2 months after ice out. So I am guessing that the water is probably in the mid 50's by now. The bass haven't seemed to go up into the flats yet. Where can I find the bass at this time?
Thank You
Jntboy69@aol.com

Jntboy:

Keep in mind that all things progress in order. That said, we know the bass want to move shallow due to the spawning urge, so we watch and remember the places we find them as spring progresses. Probably the first place they will be found is out on points and along channel edges in 10-18 feet of water. Then, they will gradually be found more shallow as the water warms. The places will normally be well defined features, like points and edges (channel and others), that become progressively shallower. Finally, they will be along the outer edges of weed lines until they move to the true spawning flats.

What you also need to keep in mind is that the fish don't just STAY in one spot. On warm sunny days, they may move into shallows around rock masses where the rocks absorb the sun's heat and transfer it to the water. The fish also will lay VERY shallow on days like that just so their own bodies can absorb heat. This heat absorption is used to ripen the eggs they carry. Being cold-bloodied creatures, fish can only increase their body temperature by moving to warmer water or from direct heat apportion (sunlight).

To figure out their pattern and movements, you will have to fish a LOT and be on the water a LOT. Be sure to keep a log book and next year you will know more of what to expect, where to expect it, and when to expect it.

Jim Porter



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