I'm curious as to the timing of the spawn. Is there an easy way to tell like when the spring temps are definitely on the rise or will it be much earlier? What's the best way to confidently know when the spawn is about to happen.
I just look for the cruising males. Once they start showing up you know it's going to be less than a month and there will be females on beds in those same areas. Up here in North Texas is usually starts after the first solid week of warm weather, anywhere from late Feb to early April.
Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
Several determining factors to your question sir. Water temp is gonna be the biggest trigger. What part of the state, how big is the body of water you are fishing, moon phases, and what type of weather January and Feb bring will all answer your questions. I know when booking most of my sight fishing trips we focus on late March, all of April, and the beginning of May just to be safe with the weather and cold nights. Hope this helps but all the guys above are correct.
Edited by Lake Fork Guide Zach Hughes (12/01/1503:39 PM)
Zach is dead on. Just be mindful that on a lake like Fork, the spawn can begin on the upper ends of the lake in mid-Feb while the southern, deeper end of the lake may not get cranked up until early-April. Add that to the fact that there will always be early spawners and late spawners that will carry on into May or even early June when you have a weird wet spring like the past one.