Nothing gets an angler excited more than the early spawning period when the fish move shallow and you start seeing them around spawning areas.
Sometimes we think it’s happening sooner than it really is and that shallow fish are aggressive and eager to bite.
The bass pre-spawn period is a time of anticipation and transition.
Largemouth and spotted bass slide out of their deeper, thermally-stable wintering holes and begin a systematic movement toward the warming shallows, where they will binge feed in preparation for the rigors of spawning.
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This 1920s Heddon Muskie Minnow was purchased by lure collectors at a previous Niles Riverfest. Although it had prop blades, it was weighted to run underwater and create a disturbance to attract muskies. (Photo by Doug Bucha)
In addition to showing their valuables made by the likes of the former Heddon, South Bend, Paw Paw, Creek Chub and Shakespeare tackle companies, the collectors are seeking any historical information people have from the pre-1970s era, including that about obscure smaller tackle manufacturers as well.