Bass On Local Lakes are Beddin' Up
By: Tom Lester II

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Anglers that enjoy shallow water bassin', especially bed fishing, your time is now. With the recent warm weather we have been experiencing, the bass have moved into shallow water for their annual courtship referred to as the spawn.

As water temperatures increase to the mid 60's and hold there for several days, the bass move into the creeks and flats on our area lakes. Spinnerbaits and other shallow water baits like a soft jerkbait or floating worms can be deadly on these green beasts.

We have been experiencing warm, sunny days without rain, or at least not much rain. The lack of rain allows the water to clear up in the creeks making it possible to actually see bass on the beds, which happens to be one of my favorite types of bass fishing.

There are so many ways and techniques to try and catch bedding bass, it would take way too much time to describe how to it. Authors of fishing books have written volumes on how to approach this particular style of bass fishing. My advice would be to get out on the water and check it out for yourself. If you will make yourself think like a momma or daddy bass with babies, you'll know that they want to protect their young. Plastic lizards and other creature baits will often generate strikes from bedding bass that are trying to protect their offspring. Stanley jigs ( makes a red
perch spinnerbait that I have taken several shallow water bass on already this year. It simulates a perch, one of the bass' favorite foods and an enemy of baby bass. Take advantage of the great weather we are having and try this challenging, yet often rewarding way to catch bass.

I would caution you to remember that this is the spawn, the time of year bass reproduce. No matter what size fish you might catch please practice catch and release. Our kids need these fish to be returned to the lake so they will have some to catch during their
lifetime. If you catch that fish of a lifetime, take some pictures, measure it and carefully return it to the water near where it was caught so it can return to the spot it might be protecting it's young.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to email them to me. It won't be long until everyone will be saying, " sure it hot, ain't it?" so get out there and enjoy this beautiful time of year

Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors.

Tom Lester II

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