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#12638788 - 02/21/18 07:07 AM Just before the stage...
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I think we were RIGHT THERE in the DFW lakes when the bass were just about in pre-spawn mode. Now we’ve got cold weather and cold rain (lots of it) for an extended period of time. I’m taking notes here for future reference - in your experience how do you find this particular weather effecting the fish this close to the pre-spawn? Did they go right back into winter mode or are they still moving shallow but finding those deeper creeks to hunker down in for a while?
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#12638908 - 02/21/18 08:23 AM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: i-Fish]
Jaret Latta Offline
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There are always fish pre spawn in most of Texas lakes. Regardless of how cold it is. Rayburn gets down to 41-43 degrees still catch some in 4ft

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#12638913 - 02/21/18 08:25 AM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: i-Fish]
Clark3 Offline
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Registered: 01/22/12
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The longer days affect the fish staging way more than water temperature. Water temperature has some to do with t, but longer days are the green lights for fish staging
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#12638957 - 02/21/18 08:54 AM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: i-Fish]
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pre spawn is almost over.
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#12639023 - 02/21/18 09:17 AM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: senko9S]
Brent S Online   content
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Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
Originally Posted By: senko9S
pre spawn is almost over.

+1 spawn is just about here
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#12639050 - 02/21/18 09:40 AM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: i-Fish]
criglizard Offline
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Maybe he meant to write "just about in spawn mode"....

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#12639093 - 02/21/18 10:03 AM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: criglizard]
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Originally Posted By: criglizard
Maybe he meant to write "just about in spawn mode"....


No. Maybe it’s semantics but I break late winter and spring into 3 categories : pre-spawn, spawn, post spawn. I have mainly been on Lewy this year and they have been in winter mode even as of a little over a week ago. With rising temps and longer days now I expect them to start becoming more actively feeding in getting ready for the spawn and I consider this pre-spawn territory. Disagree?
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#12639144 - 02/21/18 10:31 AM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: i-Fish]
Jumpin J Offline
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Weather fronts and surging temps always have them moving in and out, every Spring, but I believe there is no way those big females are going to drop their eggs until the temp is right , for them, on that day. The length of days, moon phase, along w/temp, affect their movements, (staging), before the actual spawn. Also, the water clarity obviously determines how the shallows warm up and hold heat, throughout each day.

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#12639152 - 02/21/18 10:36 AM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: i-Fish]
Doug R. Offline
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Spawn is over, comeback in 2019 laugh
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#12639200 - 02/21/18 10:58 AM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: i-Fish]
JDJ01 Offline
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Registered: 04/24/14
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Loc: Keller, TX
Isn't pre spawn any time the fish are not spawning. Just saying

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#12639283 - 02/21/18 11:40 AM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: i-Fish]
GROD Offline
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Registered: 09/12/10
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Loc: Eagle Mountain
I haven’t used any electronics in about 2-3 weeks now... are there still gonna be some deep? Yes.. are there gonna be some shallow? Yes. Some bass live shallow year round... I’ve been catching females in shallow spawning areas full of eggs. They are roaming... also depends on the lake in my opinion. Water temp doesn’t play as big of a role as some would think in my opinion. Totality of the circumstances.

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#12639506 - 02/21/18 01:29 PM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: JDJ01]
senko9S Offline
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Originally Posted By: JDJ01
Isn't pre spawn any time the fish are not spawning. Just saying


no.
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#12639545 - 02/21/18 01:47 PM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: i-Fish]
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The biggest bass in the lakes are up shallow right now. Some already on beds whether you can see them or not. Maybe not the big wave but the biggest girls. They just seem to always be the early ones to me

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#12639547 - 02/21/18 01:48 PM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: the skipper]
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there are a few beds to be seen right now
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#12639578 - 02/21/18 02:03 PM Re: Just before the stage... [Re: the skipper]
Doug R. Offline
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Originally Posted By: the skipper
The biggest bass in the lakes are up shallow right now. Some already on beds whether you can see them or not. Maybe not the big wave but the biggest girls. They just seem to always be the early ones to me



where you are located yes, in the central and northern parts of the state they are still a ways out
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