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#12492716 - 11/05/17 07:17 AM Fall Spawn on Lake Fork
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Marc Mitchell's fishing report mentions a Fall spawn on Fork.
Just wondering what you Lake Fork guys thoughts are about this?
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#12492764 - 11/05/17 07:46 AM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
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I would tend to believe what Marc Mitchell says. He is out there LOTS.
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#12492773 - 11/05/17 07:55 AM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
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I am not a Fork Guy; but I know it happens on other lakes like Falcon and Amistad. If Mr. Mitchell says it is taking place then you better get you some of it. I am sure it is on a much smaller scale than in the Spring. A week like this with a huge warming trend will put them right up there.
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#12492839 - 11/05/17 08:56 AM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
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Ive had a guide tell me that a few do it on rayburn. Theyre out there more than anybody so i tend to think they may be right. I also believe bass like to be a lot shallower than we think in water we think is cold. Anything over 55 and I think they will stay pretty shallow if they have some cover to get by

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#12492868 - 11/05/17 09:23 AM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
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I have caught fish off beds in the fall. Not bigguns but 2-3 pound males. I think the water cooling down into the 60's fools some of the young bucks and they get all excited thinking they mating season is here again. roflmao

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#12492888 - 11/05/17 09:44 AM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
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Caught fat bucks dirt shallow on Lewisville yesterday. Same places you’d expect them to be during the spawn
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#12492895 - 11/05/17 09:51 AM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
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Not on fork, but I caught a 5 lber the other day up pretty shallow and it's tail was torn up just like in the spring.
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#12492912 - 11/05/17 10:02 AM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
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When there was more grass in the lake I have actually witnessed 2-3 pounders in a fanned out spot guarding the bed. No females nearby but they were very obviously on a bed they had made. And it wasn't just an isolated fish or two. We caught half a dozen one afternoon up in LF Creek one day all off beds in late Oct.

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#12493091 - 11/05/17 01:24 PM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
EastTexasBassin Offline
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I've seen it on other lakes. I've seen bass fry in November and December before so I know some of them did successfully spawn.


Edited by EastTexasBassin (11/05/17 01:25 PM)

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#12493148 - 11/05/17 02:36 PM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
WAWI Offline
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I don't buy it for a minute.

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#12493211 - 11/05/17 03:48 PM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
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Far from traditional thinking but I guess anything is possible. I've never heard a fisheries biologist discuss this or even TP&W publish anything about it. Knowing that bass are territorial it's possible they are marking their territory for a future mate. Realistically speaking though that would be like a man renting a motel room and then sit back and wait for a girlfriend to show up. Crude metaphor but it makes a point. I have witnessed bass on a bed in June but figured he was too ugly to get a mate, lol. If they are on beds I'll be on the lookout tomorrow and report back if I see evidence. I've seen weirder things in my life. Saw a dog mate with a chicken one time and a bicycle with a steering wheel.
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#12493302 - 11/05/17 05:00 PM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: EastTexasBassin]
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Originally Posted By: EastTexasBassin
I've seen it on other lakes. I've seen bass fry in November and December before so I know some of them did successfully spawn.


Same.

Few years back I saw small fry shallow in a 26 acre private tank first week of December. It's very deep (35+ feet makes up 80% of it) and super clear.

I scooped some of these unknowns up in a bucket and put them in my koi pond.

By early spring they were 3 inches long and clearly bass.

How were they less than fingernail size the first week of December if they had not been born a week or two before in November?

The tank is not stocked... so riddle me that.
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#12493325 - 11/05/17 05:13 PM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
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#12493379 - 11/05/17 05:57 PM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
EastTexasBassin Offline
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Believe it or not, it still happens. Some bass can and do spawn in the fall.

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#12493633 - 11/05/17 08:08 PM Re: Fall Spawn on Lake Fork [Re: RTM]
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Marc Mitchell is telling the truth, if you know where to find them you can sight fish for bedding bass in the fall. I didn't know it was such a secret.

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