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  • Mild Summer/Fall Makes for Great Bass Fishing!

    Posted on December 22, 2011 by admin

    It has been a very mild summer and fall throughout much of the country. According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) , October 2011 was the globe's 8th warmest October on record.  Here's a map from NOAA that provides a graphical representation of summer temperatures:

    But what do these mild temperatures mean for fishing? It has been proven that bass like the warm weather. As the weather cools/turns cold, the fish retreat to deeper waters. As the water warms and the sun comes out, the bass become more active and will feed in a more predictable pattern. The activity and cyclical nature of fish during periods of warm weather is really no mystery. Bass spawn in the spring as temperatures warm. Therefore, as the weather warms, the fish become more active in anticipation of the stress of spawning.

    Even though the warmer fall weather means a boom for fishing this fall/winter, long term the extreme weather swings can have a detrimental effect on the health of the bass. Like humans, bass are susceptible to weather stresses. The extreme weather stresses cause the fish to get out of cycle, thus creating conditions whereby the bass my spawn too soon or increasing the probability for a 'fish kill', thus stressing the species. A good example is when there is an extended period of warm weather in the winter that 'tricks' a tree to bloom. That one bloom in the winter wouldn't have a detrimental effect on the tree, but if that pattern were to repeat itself for multiple years, it certainly would have an impact on the species of tree.

    Setting aside the science of the warmer fall, it really is a good time to get out and do some bass fishing. From all reports that we've received, the fish are still active and are biting. Therefore, grab your best Furry Fish Bait bass fishing lure and get out there and catch yourself some lunkers!



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