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Target Trophy Spring Bass: Here's How

Around the spawn is the best time of year to boat big bass. Follow these tactics for finding monsters.

Target Trophy Spring Bass: Here's How

Largemouths are typically in pre-spawn mode when water temperatures reach 58 to 62 degrees. This pattern could last a couple of months depending on weather and lake depth. (Photo by Larry Larsen)

When is the best time of the year to catch several large bass? Generally, it is during the four weeks prior to spawning when both sexes are in their best physical shape of the year and the slightly warmer weather also initiates some forage activity. The aggressive competition for food as big bass “migrate” shallower to spawn presents a great opportunity to trophy bass anglers. The timing of the bass’ reproductive biological instincts is further influenced by their aquatic environment, the water’s geography and local weather conditions.

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