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Do bass migrate in shallow lakes?

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I have read several articles on bass movement post-spawn and they seem to indicate that the bass will move to deeper water as the temperature rises.

The lakes (a lot of you guys would call them ponds) in my neck of the woods are only 6 feet in the deepest spots. As a general rule on these types of lakes, do bass bother to go to these few "deep" areas or will they instead find cover for shade and reduced temperatures?

Similarly, will they move from one side of the lake to the other as the shade chages direction after noon? Or do they just find something nearby that offers some other form of shade?

Before sun-up and after sun-down, will these same bass hold close to the cover they will use during the day or do they move to unshaded areas in search of food?

Thanks as always.

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If they can't find deep water they will usually get into cover.  This time of the year, bass are like people-they like to be in the shade during the heat of the day.

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They will move for more reasons than just shade.  You often can have better luck on the side the wind is blowing too because of temp and food.  I have seen bass in the sun but I don't think they feed much unless they are around cover or structure.

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MP - Are you saying that the wind causes the water to be cooler on the side it is blowing towards?

Also, as far as food is concerned, is it just plant life that is blown across or do minnows and sunnies blow across as well? Or, I guess, they could be following the plants and the bass are following them.

Great info. Thanks.

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