Is your fishing pattern three weeks late?

Even smallmouth are a little behind schedule.

Even smallmouth are a little behind schedule.

Fish do not punch a clock per se. Water temperatures dictate when fish begin their spawn. It is time to adapt. Crappies for example are still in 12-feet of water here. Fish a little deeper. We fished the Tennessee River last week. The white bass are still deep and rather lethargic. They too are a little late. Slow down your presentation. Observe, change and adapt is the mantra of better anglers this spring.

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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12 Responses to Is your fishing pattern three weeks late?

  1. richardmax22 says:

    Up here in Western Washingto the water temps are running in the mid 40’s, and all our warm water species are still holding out in the 30 foot range.

  2. Matt Molton says:

    I went out on my private aquarium (neighborhood lake) just north of Atlanta over the weekend and did just that, noticed the 58 degree water temp, slowed the speed over 8-15 ft drops and let the roadrunners do the work. The new shad buffet rigs that you replaced for me have been doing very well to get the crappie to bite, and your help was greatly appreciated sir.

  3. Mario Rainey says:

    Here in Cleveland, Ohio we’re still frozen.

  4. chaunc says:

    And that’s why i’m waiting 3 extra weeks before I head down to Ky lake for my annual spring trip. Shoud be right on time to catch the mid-lake bite.

  5. I’d say we are at least three weeks late due to the crazy weather this winter and continual cold fronts. Water temperature is 55 degrees here today which is unheard of here in Texas being almost April. We should be pushing high sixties or even into the seventies right now.

    Just gotta roll with it and keep fishing. They’re still biting though and you can’t catch them from the couch!


  6. Brad Durick says:

    Our season will be early this year do the simple fact of no flood to wait for. With that said I find it funny how people fish to the calendar and not the conditions. For catfish up here most people stop fishing in June simply because it is June and June is the spawn month. But with the colder weather and extended flooding that has become the spring norm up here this is not the case. Everything is dictated by water temperature and if something is holding up the temp the spawn in later. This year with no flooding I suspect the spawn will be earlier than in the past few years due to lower water and the ability to warm up a bit faster but that remains to be seen.

    Like you said in the statement, fish don’t use a clock.

  7. Caryl Anne says:

    Great article! From what you mentioned above, observing and learning are the key things to help you get ahead of the fish and make any fishing trip successful. Thanks for sharing!

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