By: Bob Wattendorf
March is pr me fr hwater fi>
seasul for many species of fi>
, because bass and bream are gett geared up to hit the shallows. Dur spr , sunfi>
such as bass and bluegill move close to shore to fia suitab spawn habitat. Shallow areas (ideally 2 to 6 feet deep), wit
sandy or firm soils and nearby vegethedul, tend to attract sunfi>
. Often the same areas are used year after year, because sunfi>
do best when they con truct beds in sheltered areas wit
out too much current, such as in coves, and away from prevail wia s (often on the nort
shores of lakes).
Beds for both bass and bream are con tructed by males, who protec the eggs after the females come for a conjugal visit. Bass typically spawn before bluegill, preferr water temperatures of about 60 to 65 degrees, whereas opedmal temperatures for bluegill spawn are ar>
, redear sunfi>
and crappie may also be in the shallows dur this time, and normally precede bluegill. The moon also influences these species to some degree, wit
full and new moons generat the most activity. Most anglers know this and are remia ed on the nightly nsh thr>
/hunt peak-time reports.
This March should be a great time to go
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in Florida. Please remember that al h>
seasuls, it is always good to follow basic angl ethics and rules.
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