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Black Bass Fishing
By Pat Lambreth

Large mouth bass are moving from winter areas to shore lines as the water warms to 60 degrees. The males move in first the make the nest and when the water warms to 68 to 72 degrees mama bass moves in to lay her eggs, just as she has done before.

Some fishermen believe bass lay their eggs on sandy or gravel bottom but most of the bass I've caught on Lake Livingston were on muddy bottom. I think they would choose sand or gravel but they lay their eggs whatever kind of bottom they have where they live. They seem to survive well.

Mama and the male guard the nest but she moves off first. The males continue longer. The females lay several thousand eggs and some times for some reason she absorbs some eggs. We caught a 5 lb. one in June and she had hard eggs of a gray color. That was when our lake was first opened. Since then we release all of them. They are very important to us all. Catch and release them and don't put your dry hands or a towel on a fish. This makes sores on them and they die.

The black bass are biting and will continue as the water warms. Work all lures very slowly as the water is high and cool and off color. Several fish up to 7 lbs. and a few larger have been found. This is the best time of year to catch a trophy bass of a life time. They are heavier with roe. A jig or lizard or worm works best for me, but try your choice. Spinner bait is good too. A crank worked slowly is a good choice.

Get out on our lake and zip up your life jacket and plug in your kill switch. The life you save could be your own.

We have friends who laugh at me for saying this but many people die every year where if they would take the time to zip up their jacket it could save their lives. It is serious. The water is cold now. Dress warmly. It may be warm when you leave home but this time of year temperature can change. Take your rain jacket.

Don't forget your sun screen. It is important to use it often from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Be nice to others and yourself. Until next time, God bless.

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