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Starting of frog/toad season

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Considering I've caught a couple big bass in less than 3 feet of water this year with water temps in the mid 40's I guess I'll start giving it a shot when there are enough surface weeds. 

 

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9 hours ago, bassheel said:

What conditions give you the green light to start throwing  a frog/toad? 

 

When the water is wet!  😉

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As soon as see the weeds and lily pads

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1 hour ago, ike8120 said:

As soon as see the weeds and lily pads

This.

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If water is above 60° I usually give em a chance at eating a frog.

 

But I don't make em eat it. Meaning no bites in 20mins it's going in the rod box

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Full moon in may is when ill start throwing around a smaller hollow body frog

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I don't usually throw a frog until the first of the spawners come off their spawning funk. This is not to say I couldn't catch them earlier, I just don't see a good reason to throw it before that, and I like throwing poppers more than frogs, so I'm usually doing that until the mats, pads and other junk gets going good, usually late May-mid June here. I'm sure I could catch late pre spawners with a frog if I really wanted to, I just don't. I usually catch a couple of good ones on buzz baits in March and April while pickerel fishing, but the topwater ROI just isn't there that early for me.

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2 hours ago, ike8120 said:

As soon as see the weeds and lily pads

Ditto.  

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I've already caught a couple on the frog. When they're on the bed, a frog can be just the ticket, especially in or around the lilies. I have a dedicated combo for the frog so I always start too early so I know I won't waste productive froggin' time.

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where I be,all year long..............................

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To me, fishing with a frog is fun, but I generally only do it when there is so much slop that I can't throw a regular popper or Sammy/Spook style topwater.  I'm sure some guys are a whiz at it, but I miss way too many fish with a frog to justify fishing it when I can use other baits that hook up much better.

 

I would say that here in Iowa, mid May is probably the earliest that I'd feel confident throwing one, and that is still a month earlier than any emergent weed growth here.

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I fish Guntersville a few times, it’s already time up there. 

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When the water hits 60. The algae is forming along the banks and the weeds are beginning to mat up. Here is a frog eater from yesterday. 

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This reminds me, I need to check the frog box.

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I need to learn how to fish hollow body frogs. I’m a one trick pony. I mainly only use a Top Toad. But there are days when they prefer a walking frog, and I just sit back and watch everyone slay. 

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If theirs bait shallow throw a frog. Just because it's called a frog does not meant that is the only thing it imitates. 

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I’m sort of new to frogging, but here I’m still waiting for grass and pads. Going to fish frogs harder this season then last. 

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In southern Indiana, the frogs croak when the air temperature is >55 degrees. They’ve been croaking a lot lately. The DNR won’t let you go frog gigging from April 30 to June 15. This must be their mating season. So now seems like a good time to throw a frog. I did catch bass on top water a couple days ago, but it wasn’t a frog.

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