Shallow to me is about how much shallow water the lake has in it. It can still have lots of shallow water like Ray Roberts has up all the miles of creek channels; but for our area it is a deep water lake as compared to most of our other DFW lakes. Therefore the majority of the spawn will take place in April; just depending on the mildness of the winter we have had. That is one reason I turn my attention toward the weather and the night time temperature rise to bring the lake into full spawn. All this also depends on how many Florida Bass the lake has in it. They are not going to make a move until the water temp. reaches that magic 68 degrees and consistently stays there for a long enough period of time for you to find the fish. The Northern Strain of Bass will be there first.
I cannot put a depth number to a lake and call it a deep water lake. The term comes form the other lakes in the area. If you were to compare RR to Amistad (150 ft.) then RR is a shallow water lake. Each lake has it's own signature as I call it when it comes to the spawn. You will find fish spawning in Ray Roberts into the month of May; but you will not find that happening on Lake Amistad. Amistad has a different signature and has massive areas of shallow water that is protected and warms very fast because of all the rock. It is also extremely clear so Big Bass spawn deep out of sight on the main lake. I will take a shallow water lake at 50 ft. main lake depth any time over a lake such as Amistad to find spawning fish.
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