The Month of March is The Time For Avid Alabama Bass Anglers to Begin Their Search For Big, Prespawn Bass! Written By Reed Montgomery, Owner Of Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 Alabaster, Al. Website www.fishingalabama.com Face book too!
Thursday, The first day of March of 2018 begins the pre spawn bassin’ month with a full moon! In addition (and very uncommon), there will be another full moon on Saturday, March 31st! Actually, this is the first full moon Alabama anglers have seen since January 31st!
Whether you plan to target / or fish for, small mouth bass on north Alabama’s man made, Impounded Tennessee River Lake’s Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick lakes, or your just after some big largemouth bass and trophy sized spotted bass, on about any Alabama lake, now is the time to invade the lake’s shallow, spawning grounds (just like the bass your after!), as conditions are now excellent on most lakes from north to south Alabama for finding the biggest of bass of the year!
COOSA RIVER LAKES – Northern Alabama lake’s Weiss Lake, Neely Henry Lake and Logan Martin Lake will all remain at or near low, wintertime pool until mid April, when all Alabama lakes are returned to normal, full pool lake levels. Caution is advised for first time boaters on these three upper Coosa River Lakes, for unseen underwater hazards can damage your boat and are dangerous, until the lakes are returned to full pool in April.
The lower Coosa River Lake’s Lay lake, Mitchell lake and Jordan lake, are kept at or near full pool year round. So aquatic weeds may be blooming earlier than other northern Alabama lakes. Some aquatic weeds grow almost year round on these lower Coosa River System lakes and these weeds can be thick and stringy or very matted by April and May!
Great places to discover some big, pre spawn largemouth bass and spawning bass as well for now and the next two months! Coosa River breed of Spotted bass will more likely be found at home and found preparing for the spring spawn, around wood and rock cover.
An unseasonably warm month (especially evident during late February), displayed air temperatures that were constantly rising into the 60′s and 70′s, with nighttime lows in the 50′s and 60′s! Some days topping out at 80 degrees or better as the month of February came to an end!
The lake’s water temperatures soared as well. With some lakes displaying constantly warming water temps, from the low-forties in early February, to the low-to-mid 60′s by the first week of March! Coupled with a full moon, twice this month, bass will be induced to invade most Alabama lake’s shallows, as most lake’s conditions improve with each passing week.
* Other Alabama River Systems and lakes, such the Tallapoosa River, with two lakes Lake Wedowee and Lake Martin, will remain low until April. These lakes can be down as much as ten feet or more, below normal, full pool lake levels. So as with any low water lake be careful when navigating your boat! All Alabama Lakes will be back to full pool by May.
Thanks and Good Fishin’! Reed Montgomery, Owner of Alabama’s oldest, professional –bass fishing only — guide service, guiding on all Alabama lakes for over fifty years!