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Can someone give me a list of "staging areas" that you could find in many lakes and big ponds. Im a bit rusty of what kind of structure/cover is most often used as staging places for prespawners.

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Main lake points

Secondary points (points inside a creek channel cove)

Backs of creek channel coves

Along edges of flats

Creek channels

Keep in mind that the absolute water temperature is not nearly as important now as the recent water temperature trend. For instance, water temperatures that are showing 52 degrees can result in slow fishing if the temperatures were 58 a couple days ago. In contrast, fishing can be great if the temperatures warm up to 50 while they were 44 a few days before. In general, look for bass on the flats and farther back in creeks during warming trends; conversely, drop back to points and main lake points after cold fronts. The day of and the day after cold fronts can be miserable fishing, but these frontal days after a long warming trend are usually the most productive times.

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In my ponds, it's breaks just outside of spawning bays, coves, shorelines.

Catt wrote:

Keep in mind that the absolute water temperature is not nearly as important now as the recent water temperature trend.

Bingo -the primary initiator and mover (outside of full and new moons).

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Thanks guys, can either of you explain the moon phases and how they effect the spawning bass?

There's a thread going now "An interesting point of view" , it might be interesting to you. It was started by Catt.

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Early Pre-Spawn:

Individuals or groups of bass begin making short reconnaissance trips into coves. Only when the water temperature is stable for a couple of days will any appreciable number of bass remain for long. Look for bass on main lake and secondary points

Mid Pre-Spawn:

Bass leave deep water drop-offs and enter protected coves; the majority of these fish will be males. The weather and water temperatures will still be unstable. Look for bass on feeding flats adjacent to deeper water.

Pre-Spawn:

Weather and water temperatures have became stable and large fluctuations of bass are now present in shallow water. Start looking for a solid bottom, Bass avoids soft, muck bottoms; instead they prefer to spawn on hard sandy bottoms, gravel or rocky banks, large boulders or even a fallen log or lily pad root.

Keep in mind pre-spawn bass will be looking to feed before they start looking to spawn

Spawn:

The timing of the spawning season depends on the geographic location of the lake.

Most bass spawn in fairly predictable places with the following criteria:

A solid bottom; Bass avoid soft, muck bottoms; instead they prefer to spawn on hard sandy bottoms, gravel or rocky banks, large boulders or even a fallen log or lily pad root.

Shallow water; The fertilization and hatching process requires the warmth provided by sunlight penetration which is why the fish migrate into shallow water (with the exception of deep, clear western reservoirs). Bass will bed generally in a foot to 6 feet of water

Protected coves; When possible, bass will bed in water that is sheltered somewhat from the elements like in a cove or pockets.

Bass will spawn on the first full moon once the water temperature reach the upper 50s to lower 60s.

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Check out the search feature for last years posts on spring fishing. Timely topics get re-visited eqach year. There are a LOT of good threads to keep you busy for a while, and up to snuff on coming spring discussions.

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