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Bucks are up, where are the big girls?

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Going out to pre-fish tomorrow. I've been talking to some locals that said there are all kinds of beds that have showed up this week and the bucks are on them. Sounds like the females are right about to come up. The air temp is suppose to stay about the same over the next couple days but there are thunder storms coming in that are suppose to last for a few days. If you're fishing tomorrow where do you fish?

This is a mountainous, rocky, clear lake. Main cover is docks and lay downs, no grass.

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The females should be within sight of the beds. Just because you may not be able to see them doesn't mean they're not there or very close by. The first breakline, like Burley said is a good place to look.

Turn your trolling motor way down and look way ahead of the boat. The females will sometimes just drop straight down to the bottom, just out of sight when they see/hear a trolling motor coming. Turn off your sonar too.

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I was out yesterday at a small pond and found 1 bed....Its got about a 15" male on it and about 5 feet behind it our 2 females just sitting there staring at him.....None of these fish would touch anything that was thrown at them, they would just stare at it....Even the male - he would frantically chase bluegills away but would let any senko - shaky head or worm just sit in the middle of the nest,  i tried throwing the Bluegill tungsten swimbait but they laughed at it  ;D

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The females should be within sight of the beds. Just because you may not be able to see them doesn't mean they're not there or very close by.

I was out yesterday at a small pond and found 1 bed....Its got about a 15" male on it and about 5 feet behind it our 2 females just sitting there staring at him

Ditto both of these.

In my observation ponds males and females come in together. Males build beds and females are there within a day. These are very small ponds though so fish likely winter together and do not have to travel far.

Realize that the beds you see may already have eggs in them and may or may not be re-visited by females. If a bedded male is close to substrate and locked on the bed, he is tending eggs. If he is above bottom and loose, mobile around bed, cruising a short circuit beyond, he is soliciting for females. Likely one or more are already aware of him.

Females hold just beyond the bed, facing the male and, alternately, cruise a roughly 8ft circuit beyond. I've seen females cruise between two nearby beds too, as if torn LOL. They may spawn in each but an already present female might chase others off.

Seems when a female picks a bed she may spend a couple days there. She seems to drop eggs under low light -cloud cover or evenings.

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First break

Mouths of any(Reguardless of size) crushed rock pockets up and down the rock banks.

First and secondary points into each spawning bay or creek.

Any grass or cover sitting near the site of the beds.

Main lake points.

Rock piles within site of the spawning areas,

Flats off the side of any creek.

Fish with:

Plastics

Suspending rogues

Square bill cranks

Buzzbait in black/Gold blade

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First break

Mouths of any(Reguardless of size) crushed rock pockets up and down the rock banks.

First and secondary points into each spawning bay or creek.

Any grass or cover sitting near the site of the beds.

Main lake points.

Rock piles within site of the spawning areas,

Flats off the side of any creek.

Fish with:

Plastics

Suspending rogues

Square bill cranks

Buzzbait in black/Gold blade

X2 plus what was mentioned above ;)

Conventional knowledge indicates that the male bass builds the nest, fans it out and guards it (zealously). Generally, a good male that is aggressive and active will attract more than one female to his nest and spawn with each of them. Along with that, an active female will spawn a number of times and, in most cases, in a number of different males' nests. She moves down the shoreline making it with different males. The male sits in one spot and waits for more females to come by. I think that is sort of a hedge (on the part of the female) against an infertile male spoiling the hatch of a good fertile female. So she spread her eggs around and he spreads his fertility around. That ensures a higher success rate for that spawn.

Cook emphasizes that understanding the spawning habits of the female bass will significantly improve your chances of catching some of the biggest bass of the year. He believes that the female often moves on and off of the bed to deposit more eggs (hatchery studies support this claim). Few females drop all of their eggs at once. Instead, they expel a portion and then move off to a near by break line, bush or grass edge. Ken Cook

It is this sporadic purging of eggs and the ability to spawn with different males on several nests that keeps the annual spring bedding season from being severely impacted by large tournaments. Studies have shown that a female (when handled properly) will simply locate a bed and an available male in the area where she is released and complete spawning. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department biologist Clarence Bowling

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