Early Pre-Spawn: When the water reaches 50 degrees, the
bass will start migrating from main lake into the creeks. The
first place they will come into contact with is a Point. Their
favorite location is where the point is close to a creek channel,
and the north side since it warms up quicker than the south side.
They will move up the point to feed on the shallower structure as
the water temperature rises. The best time to work these
areas is from 11 a.m. to around 4 p.m. on a sunny day depending on
the barometer. But if the electronics does not show fish, then
move to another location. Be sure and look over the point from
deep water to shallow water. You never really know where they
might be holding. Check for structure around the point if you
don't already know where it is.
Pre-Spawn: Opinions vary in this area. Bass are most
active in water temperature between 62 and 68* surface temperature
during the spawn. The water is colder down at 15 to 25 feet, so it
will have an affect on the big female bass. It is during
this time that the fish are heading towards the secondary points
as they head for the shallow spawn areas (warmest water, big
As we have seen at Lake Fork for 22 years, the male bass are
abundant in these areas. One year we see beds showing up with
schools of male bass, with an immediate spawn. The next year, the
beds will be ready and several cold fronts will hit. Then the male
bass disappear until the water starts to warm up again. As many as
5 or 6 different spawns one year with the latest being in June!
That was the coldest Spring in our history.
The female bass are always just behind waiting on the male bass
to coax her up to the beds. One method to use is start
on the point and work your way into the shallow water using many
types of lures. Cast across the points and parallel to cover it
thoroughly. Always pay attention to the structure, both above and
below the surface.
Post Spawn: It seems that a full moon has a major affect
on the spawn when the water temperature reaches 64 to 68 degrees.
It is most likely (but not in all cases) that the egg laying is
finished. The female bass will leave the nest first and migrate
back to deeper water using secondary points, then primary points.
The male bass hangs around to protect the nest, then follow the
female bass into the summer time areas. This is a great time for
top water bait fishing some favorite baits are the Zara
Spook, Pop'R and Buzz Bait.
Once the spawn is complete, the great end of Spring and
predictable Summer time patterns begin. Bass will be chasing shad
or hanging out around the nearest cover. Hydrilla is one of
the favorite covers to fish besides the points. Crank baits
and Carolina Rigs are very productive baits until the hot
summer. Suspended fish are hard to catch, but all you have to
do is figure out how far up off the bottom they are. Where is
their comfort zone? A jigging spoon or Tail Kicker can also be
productive during the summer on the road beds.Information source www.lakeforkinfo.com