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Do These Kinds Of Lizards Eat Bass Eggs?

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The American Five Lined Skink, or the kind that gets underneath your porch during the summer.

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There are TONS of these in the southeast, but from my knowledge they're really common all along the east coast. I know that bass can't stand lizards during the spawn, but I've never seen any of these around water. Actually, these are the only lizards I've seen around here besides for a few inch long salamanders (which aren't lizards). I didn't know if they would eat the eggs. I found a bag of lizards though that would mimic them really well, although it could use some chartreuse flake in the body.

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I've never witnessed any terrestrial type of lizards exhibit the ability to dive underneath the water, so i would think not. But I'm no skink expert so who knows.

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Whether they do or not, lizards catch bass. I use them here and there in Wisconsin, and to my knowledge there are no lizard species there and they get bit plenty. Fire away!

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here is a little info http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/five-lined_skink.htm

 

That is a killer color for bass even if they are not in the water.

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I've never witnessed any terrestrial type of lizards exhibit the ability to dive underneath the water, so i would think not. But I'm no skink expert so who knows.

That's what I was thinking of. I just haven't seen any aquatic lizards around here.

 

here is a little info http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/five-lined_skink.htm

 

That is a killer color for bass even if they are not in the water.

Thanks siebert. That's actually the only color of jigs I've ever caught fish on.

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I dont think they have much of a liking for water, though they could be around the shores sunning themselves and eating bugs. There are plenty of newts and salamanders in the water however. A few of the ponds around here have them. Little 4" Crimson red buggers are common in the shallows in extreme early spring. BPS used to make a 4" or so lizard in the right color that got annilated. I now use berkley gulp turtle back worms in "cherry seed", works very very well.

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Skinks were thick in Florida, Never did see any in fresh water while fishing for bass.  My cat bit the tale off of one and walked like he was drunk for 3-4 days.

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Have you guys ever seen or heard of water dogs or mud puppies? I had one surface next to my boat in 15 fow in Lake Erie. It looked like it was 18" long. They look wierd because of their exposed gills.

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Have you guys ever seen or heard of water dogs or mud puppies? I had one surface next to my boat in 15 fow in Lake Erie. It looked like it was 18" long. They look wierd because of their exposed gills.

 

Yeah,  One year fishing Fork we ended up fishing them.  They are an odd but cool looking creature for sure. 18" one is a big one.

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When I was a kid we used to catch em by putting our finger on their tail and as a defense their tail rips off then they regenerate it. Pretty cool mechanism mother nature designed.

I have never seen them in the water but I can tell you any lizard when a bass is spawning is going to get killed! I find they don't eat them because they are hungry...they hate them.

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As a relatively experienced herpetologist, I can tell you that north american skinks and north american lizards in general are not aquatic.  Newts and salamanders (amphibians), though not "lizards" in a biological sense closely resemble them and bass certainly cannot tell the difference.  They are most certainly prey for bass, and will trigger a reaction strike as an egg eater.  But then I have seen a nickel (literally) on a 5/0 gamakatsu outfish lures that cost 100 nickels when bass are in protection mode.

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Lizardsin the water?

 

Just like live worms in the water?

 

For some reason bass hate lizards and they also love to eat our fake worms even though these types of live creatures do not venture into the water very often.

 

Go figure.

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Tiger salamanders are about the only one we have around here that eat bass eggs. Terrestrial lizards don't do well in the water but if one happens to fall in I'm sure a bass would be more than willing to eat it, but they aren't going to dive down to eat bass eggs.

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There are several varieties of aquatic salamanders and snakes that eat fish and fish eggs, land lizards do not.

Tom

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as lizardcaster said, lizards are my go to bait in S. FL. t-rigged with a bullet weight, drop it to the bottom, wait, then retrieve super slow. i used to swim them faster until i conducted the following experiment:

 

my pool has a guard fence because i have little kids. at night i like to keep the pool light on and come outside for a smoke. often i see lizards sitting on the pool fence and when one is on the inside, i would flick them into the water. what i noticed is that they thrust a lot but swim really slow. maybe 3-5 inches per second. ONCE i flicked a large one, and he actually dove down and sat underwater on the pool's wall for a while before surfacing! since then i started fishing them MUCH slower and my fishing has improved exponentially. i will drag them along the bottom at few inches per second speed. i hook a bass every few casts lately! also the colors that work great for me are black with flakes, or black/dark purple, 6" zoom's.

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Only way I could see a skink winding up in the water is if it fell off a dock or something.

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