Early to bed, early to...

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Early to bed, early to...

Postby mike son » Apr Wed 24, 2019 8:38 pm

Idk... rise? Hit a dupage county forest preserve lake for an hour or two today. Clear water, mostly shallow, weedy. To my surprise I found about a dozen beds with males on them, including one with a pair going through the spawning motions. Messed around throwing to the deeper side weed edges and breaks with no bites. Threw at the single males on beds, didn't seem to be defending but just waiting for the females to move up. Threw at one male for a few minutes that flared his gills and opened his mouth first flip to ward off a giant glide bait lol. Eventually he would attack at it but I was not going to set the hook. My guess is that that fish was defending the eggs on the nest. Pretty interesting to see bass spawning already and in different stages of the spawn. Please excuse my crappy pics as I couldn't even see my phone screen due to the glare. Placing my polarized sunglasses in front of the camera's lens did do a good job with the first two pics. Only took pics of the pair spawning.

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Re: Early to bed, early to...

Postby mike son » Apr Wed 24, 2019 8:40 pm

derp... this should be in "other waters", not "other rivers/tribs" :roll:
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Re: Early to bed, early to...

Postby Aux Pleins » Apr Wed 24, 2019 10:11 pm

Polarized glasses in front of the lens is some MacGyver shit if I've ever heard it. Well done.
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Postby urbanHog312 » Apr Thu 25, 2019 8:39 am

critical point in that fish's life; defend eggs while trying not to become bird food!
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Postby badger75 » Apr Thu 25, 2019 10:10 am

Nice pics! Creative solution.
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Re: Early to bed, early to...

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Apr Thu 25, 2019 10:43 am

Crazy that there are bass spawning around Chicago, already. Seems you found yourself some early birds. I can't believe that's a regular occurrence now, in only 50-55 degree water temps. Cool pics, though. Taking them through the polarized glasses is a great idea. I may have to steal that one.
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Re: Early to bed, early to...

Postby HEDDONFROG » Apr Thu 25, 2019 1:11 pm

Yeah I saw bass and big crappie on beds yesterday on small ponds. I would think in the next week or two it’s be full on spawn everywhere other than Lake Michigan
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Postby Spi11 » Apr Fri 26, 2019 7:45 am

Good stuff, I've been wondering about the spawn with the temps. Great idea with the camera through the polarized glasses!
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