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I fish the river system around River Bend and north end of Lake Eufaula and have noticed a few things recently and would love some insight from more knowledagble/experienced anglers. Currently, water temps on the river and the north end of Eufaula are around 59-60 with some creeks warmer around 60-62. Currently, there have been some reports of spawning bass on the south end of the lake, however, I have yet to see any beds. We have fished the past 3 weekends and can't seem to find any fish in the backs of pockets and creeks, we've been catching 10-12 fish per outing (mainly 1-2 lbers with a couple 3 lbs) on squarebills, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits on shallow rip rap and laydowns on the main river. Any insight into what stage the bass are in and how to find more would be much appreciated as we are stumped... 

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Probably prespawn right now. That's all the advice I have unfortunately. 😄

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7 minutes ago, EGbassing said:

Probably prespawn right now. That's all the advice I have unfortunately. 😄

Any help is appreciated. What do you recommend haha? Just curious as the south end of the lake is seeing beds supposedly. Granted I fish way north but still I figured the would start staging up. But I haven't seen beds and haven't had ANY success fishing coves and creeks.  All have been caught on rip rap and laydowns/stumps on the main river with squarebills, spinnerbaits, and a few on a buzzbait

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Just now, LegendaryBassin said:

Any help is appreciated. What do you recommend haha? Just curious as the south end of the lake is seeing beds supposedly. Granted I fish way north but still I figured the would start staging up. But I haven't seen beds and haven't had ANY success fishing coves and creeks.  

I usually just fish ponds but there have been a lot of good fish up in shallow cover in the past few days in those ponds. Texas rigs are working well for me right now.

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Water temperatures are within spawning range, those temps need to be at the depth the bass spawn not surface temps and the next step is stable weather. You will see cruisers first, then males staking out bed site a few weeks before staged females move up. You should be focused on the staged females in pre spawn.

Tom

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10 minutes ago, WRB said:

Water temperatures are within spawning range and the next step is stable weather. You will see cruisers first, then makes staking out bed site a few weeks before staged females move up. You should be focused on the staged females in pre spawn.

Tom

We have stained water and can difficult to see if they are cruising. I have fished multiple creeks from the mouth to the back of the creeks dirt shallow just for reassurance and have yet to see any cruisers or beds. We just keep catching 1 lbers to the biggest which is a couple of 3 lbers on the main river on laydowns. What do you suggest I do? What am I missing? Also where do you think the staged females are at given the small information detailed above?

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Study where bass stage before moving up (shallower) to spawn. 

Creeks mean creek arms or long bays on the main lake? Terms are important.

If you are familiar where the bass spawn,then look for secondary point that form a Y leading to the spawning areas and fish those areas between 3' to 25' deep.

Tom

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I know that they are probably staging but I just can't find anything. I know they say they look for shallow flats to spawn and they like sandy, hardy bottom but I haven't seen any beds. I am fishing points, going into the arms of the creeks of the main lake and fishing on secondary points, as well as running and looking for flats but haven't had a whole lot of success. I am new to Eufaula and don't know where they spawn as I've only been in the area for a limited time... Am I looking in the wrong places for the beds? What makes you pick an area to look for spawning fish as there are a lot of shallow areas in creeks I have fish and still haven't seen them.

50 minutes ago, WRB said:

Study where bass stage before moving up (shallower) to spawn. 

Creeks mean creek arms or long bays on the main lake? Terms are important.

If you are familiar where the bass spawn,then look for secondary point that form a Y leading to the spawning areas and fish those areas between 3' to 25' deep.

Tom

 

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1 hour ago, WRB said:

Water temperatures are within spawning range, those temps need to be at the depth the bass spawn not surface temps and the next step is stable weather. You will see cruisers first, then males staking out bed site a few weeks before staged females move up. You should be focused on the staged females in pre spawn.

Tom

59 - 60 is spawning range?

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22 minutes ago, EGbassing said:

59 - 60 is spawning range?

It is for smallmouths and spots, 60- 62 warmer creeks was also mentioned that applies to lower end for LMB.

Tom

 

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If it makes you feel any better the only time I have seen a bass spawning was in a pond or smallmouths in a clear shallow river. I’ve never seen it on a reservoir 

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