Spring Bass Fishing – Why Catch & Release is So Important

It’s All About the Time of Year

Bass are spawning and sitting on their spawning beds Between Mid-April and Mid-May. If they’re not there to tend to their roe (eggs) or fry (newborns), the bluegill and any number of other predators will eat them! Spring Bass Fishing requires special care.

 

 

How to Catch These Spawning Fish

Spring Bass Fishing
A Typical Lizard Bait for Spring Bass Fishing

Spring Bass Fishing is particularly difficult but can be very rewarding with some patience. Cast your bait to light spots in the shallows, allow it to settle to the bottom then very slowly retrieve. Use of a lizard bait is your best choice because lizards are known to try to eat the roe and fry and bass will attack them. If, on your retrieve, your bait gets into anything more than four feet of water, you can just quickly retrieve it because you’re out of the bass at that point. If there is a breeze or current causing your bait to drift off the spawning bed, a quarter ounce weight can be added to help keep it in place.

Please Quickly Catch and Release!

It is of utmost importance that, once you’ve boated the bass, you quickly release it especially at this time of year! Keeping these spawning bass off of their beds for too long will result in predators moving in and quickly devouring all of the roe and fry. As bass fishermen, we all want to allow these newborn to thrive to keep our lines tight for years to come. Remember, a female largemouth bass can live up to 9 years and a male can live up to 6. Wouldn’t you rather have the opportunity to hook into an 8 year old, 10 pound bass than a year old 3 pounder? Spring Bass Fishing is especially rewarding because, for many, it’s their first fishing trip of the new season. Keep your lines tight for years to come by practicing some simple conservation efforts.

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