When Do Fish Spawn?
As you become more experienced, you’re likely to start zeroing in on the fish you actually want to catch in the wild. In order to catch that elusive bass, you’re going to need a cursory knowledge of when fish spawn and their reproductive habits. Then, by figuring out what the fish you’re after prefer to chow down on for their food, you can use bait they’ll find particularly appetizing. There’s an argument out there that going after fish while they’re spawning hurts the overall fishing conditions because there’s less fish if you’re killing off fish as they’re reproducing. While numbers aren’t necessarily something to be worried about with the high rates of reproduction, you still may want to practice catch and release to allow other fishermen and fisherwomen the opportunity to catch these trophy fish.
When Bass Spawn
Let’s face it: bass are some of the most sought-after fish by anglers everywhere in freshwater regions. Catching them when they’re spawning can be tough, but doable. Bass are constantly booking it from one type of structure or part of a body of water to another, so you’ve really got to be up-to-date on where bass are in different parts of the year. Bass move back and forth between shallow and deep waters during the springtime, and before spawning largemouth bass in particular are scoping out deepwater hideouts. When they set up spawning beds, they’re often in shallower areas beside barriers in the water that offer them protection from would-be predators. The key is to find their spawning nest and patiently move your bait around until the fish attack it. When spawning, they’re more likely to aggressively chase down bait to get it out of their nest. In the reproductive cycle, bass chill out in the summer and then return to shallower waters to fatten up and feed before they spawn again in the spring. They don’t feed very often in the winter, so it’s best to just skip that time of the year.
When Northern Pike, Crappies, and Bluegills Spawn
Spawning times are different for other fish, so here’s a quick rundown of times and habits of a few other kinds of fish: Northern Pike are hardcore, spawning end of February-March — often when there’s still ice on the water, targeting shallow water and love marsh areas. Crappies spawn around May and June and get super aggressive during this period of their lifespan. Look for them around logs and other matter they can take cover around. Bluegills like harder-bottomed spawning nests in shallower water, and spawn around June-August. They’re down to eat just about anything, so try out some different lures. Once you know when your favorite fish spawn, you’re one step closer to uncovering the secrets of their behavior and habits to better catch them!