Spring Water Temperature and the Fish

I know one thing now, water temperature alone doesn’t dictate the spawning activities of the fish. We have had May weather in March this year and that includes water temperature, but the fish refused to move into the warm water and go into prespawn. Not right away, they are a couple weeks ahead in the cycles but not four weeks like the weather. The water temperature in the river is in the low to mid 60’s and Bass should spawn at 62 degrees but they haven’t even started prespawn yet. The carp are not splashing in the shallows either, non of the fish are ahead as the weather has been. I think the moon is more important than anything and the weather has to be factored in but the weather alone isn’t enough to push fish into spawn.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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