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Mild Winter = Earlier bass spawn?

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Will the mild winter and lack of any ice in NJ move the bass spawn up earlier this year?

I cannot remember a winter where the lakes did not ice up for a sustained period of time.

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It’s a matter of water temperature, and sunlight I believe. Water needs to hit 54 degrees. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. NC is already in pre-spawn with some beds being made; which is usually a mid-march deal. So I think it will be early there too.

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I don't think the spawn will change by much.. The moon places an important roll in the time bass move up.

 

What I do think will happen is a longer pre-spawn feeding period. The temps will be a little above normal and the bass being cold blooded will need to feed more to maintain healthy egg development. This is a good thing, for fisheremen..

 

I always catch my best of the year during the pre-spawn bite. Usually on a jerk bait,shallow crank, or of all things an in-line spinner! A number 3 Mepps in gold or silver can produce some serious Largies in this time period..

 

 

 

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