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So i went fishing today, on an aluminum boat i bought recently but had trouble locating bass. I was hoping for the largemouth to be biting but I couldn't mark any. The water temp was 61 and rose to 63 through out the day (according to my fish finder). Where do the bass go when the water temp is 60-65 degrees and what lures should I be using.

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At 60-65 degrees the bass are getting ready to spawn or are on their beds.

 

They should be eating unless they are on their beds and then you have a big challenge ahead of you.

 

Look for staging areas for the females before they move up to the beds the males are making for them.

 

Look for the underwater paths the bass will use to get to their spawning grounds.

 

Baits? Just about anything you want to throw that will entice a bite. Deflecting crankbaits; Carolina rigs; finesse worms; jigs and pigs; anything that they will hit to fatten up.

 

Let us know if you see any beds and how you do.

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Depending on how large and deep the lake you're targeting, you're likely to find fish in both pre-spawn and spawn. Check out flats close to the creek channels. Then work your way out toward deeper water. Bass won't normally school at this time, so keep moving if you're looking to catch numbers.  If you do contact the bucks clearing beds, the ladies won't be far from the area, normally hanging around the first break to deeper water. Keep in mind that that drop in depth may only be a foot or two.

Also keep in mind the fact that not all the fish will be moving up at the same time and although many believe the bigger females drop their eggs early, if the reservoir is a good sized one, many will still be in the early stages of pre-spawn.

As for lures, I'd start with a crank that targets the depth of the area you're fishing. I prefer a flat sided one, but if there's timber present, a square bill can often produce better.  A lipless crank, spinnerbait, or swim bait can be utilized to cover different depths. All three will allow you to cover water, which is often the ticket now for your area.

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Water temps control bass behavior at the depth the bass are acclimated to.

See my Cosmic Clock and Bass Calendar.

Your bass should be cruising looking for areas to spawn or in pre spawn transition. Cruisers maybe the most difficult bass to catch.

Tom

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That’s a TOUGH water temp to catch them for me. I like it to be 47-55 degrees or 70+. Spawning fish are no fun for me to fish for. They aren’t quite so hungry 

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If they are starting to spawn I’d fish real shallow with jigs and weightless plastics. 

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