January 04, 2016 at 9:16pm
In fishing for these green fish for over 55 years of my life.... I have learned a lot about them. I have also tagged many over the years in my area of the marsh and got some surprising results. Some of these bass will start developing eggs in August, but most in Sept. and Oct. The egg sacs will be very small then. Some years, the bass down here start spawning early, and some years... they spawn a little later... it all depends on the water temps and the severity of the winter. I would bet this year, it will be a early spawn. Bass are very Phyto sensitive... Phyto meaning the amount of light during a day. The days will gradually grow slightly longer from now on. In 2009, we had a similar warm, wet winter as we are having now. I was catching spawning bass in the last 2 weeks of January. I caught two ten pound bass one day, Jan. 16th... and both those bass were making beds. They will spawn in groups... and the full moon seems to trigger most of the bass to move up and start. I have seen the bass here spawn into May.... but they do not spawn that late very often here. February and March are the two main months for the spawning dwon here. One thing I have noticed about the really big females in this area over the last 10-12 years.... is that once they drop their eggs, they start moving out, and let the male bass guard the nest. I believe this is from the increased fishing pressure around here now during the spawn. I have caught large bass coming into a bayou or pond, and tagged them, and 4-5 days later, caught them at the mouth of the bayou... coming back out already. So, that does not give you a very large window to catch the few really big ones. If you catch the bass during the spawn....let the 3, 4, and larger ones go. Keep the 1 and 2 lbers. if you want some to eat. The larger bass are the better spawners, and their genetics will be a lot better, producing the better size bass in the coming years.