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Old 04-05-2018, 12:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default At What Point in Spring does Morning Fishing Heat Up...

...as compared to evening?

Here's where I'm at: Everything says to fish late afternoons, evenings, and night right now (esp on the walleye front).

The two main questions are: 1) Why? and 2) Are there any other windows during the day (at this point in Spring) that are equally or similar in potential production?

I understand on the walleye front it's primarily about sunlight penetration into the water column ... but I'm mostly curious about fish behavior in general - especially as it applies locally. I don't just fish for walleye .. I literally just thoroughly enjoy catching fish and want to be better at it!

My cursory logic (from what I've read and observed) is that with the water temps still relatively cool, the warmth from the sun throughout the day warms up the shallower waters and stimulates fish metabolism, thus the potential for more activity late day vs early. There are other factors undoubtedly, but that's the one that seems to stick out the most.

Just after 6pm last night (Thurs 04-04) in overcast and windy conditions I caught a pretty heavy Spotted Bass (Pueblo). This was the heaviest bass I can remember ever catching, I didn't have a means to weigh but I mean this fish just felt real heavy for its overall size, quite a belly (pre-spawn I assume?)

The high yesterday was 72 and it was quite windy all day. I caught this spotted in 3-5ft of water - actual water depth in the area is probably 10-15 ft but that's where my jerkbait was in the water column.





So I'm curious, if it were dawn rather than dusk - similar light conditions but different water temps(?) - would I have still caught that bass right there? Or was this bass only in that shallow of water because the sun and air temps of the day had warmed the waters enough to prompt activity? Would a walleye have been in that spot (at this point in Spring) in the morning? Are bass and walleye active in the mornings at all right now, or is everything still a later day game?

As a kid it was always "early bird gets the worm!" mentality. We'd get up early and be there before sun-up, tackle prepped the night before. Night fishing was something I'd never done or even considered. When I grabbed my old fishing gear last May I followed the same mentality - and was sometimes rewarded with multi-species mornings.

To be clear, this has nothing to do with a preference in time-of-day fishing. I'll fish anywhere anytime I can to catch fish, but I'd like to have a good understanding of the underlying reasons why those certain times and places are better than others, so I can make adjustments accordingly.

This is my first Spring fishing - and fishing with an intent to understand fish behavior and continually improve my abilities as a fisherman. I have been targeting walleye so far (finally got into some this last full moon) but that's in part because Walleye become active sooner than Bass and I couldn't wait for "fishing season" to begin again. Having caught this Spotted Bass yesterday raises so many questions for me about local fish behavior, water temps, times of day, spawn (pre and post), water depth, species interactions, etc etc etc.

I'm a sponge for information right now and would love to hear any thoughts, opinions, experiences, observations .. anything on the above. This thread isn't about super secret tricks or spots .. it's about a novice angler trying to expand his knowledge base to become a better angler. Of course there are thousands (at least) of youtube vids out there (and I've watched a lot of them) but I'm interested in thoughts on fish behavior as it relates locally, to here in eastern Colorado. There are broad fish behaviors that are pretty straightforward but I believe every geographical area has its own unique set of characteristics that can't simply be summed up in some youtube clip.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the first day of spring and it gets better every day after, you just have to put in the time to learn. no one can tell you you have to put in the time. i have fished for over 70 years and i still don't know how to catch fish every time out. keep a log and don't repeat the bad days.
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Byron-you get your boat yet?

Pueblo is starting to fish decent. Not great but OK.

People can't spoon feed you years of experience-doesn't work that way.
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Don't limit yourself to morning and evening...My most productive walleye fishing is usually from around 0900 to whenever I get my limit, get blown off the lake, or it gets dark.
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Keep putting in time. It's the only real way to unlock the secrets your are asking for. Most of the people on here have spent YEARS learning how to fish certain lakes and are not going to give away all their secrets to someone who only has 25 posts. Go back in the archives of this site and you can gain some good info. This will take some time. But, that's the key in all of this-TIME and WORK.

Pueblo is a huge reservoir with lots of places to fish from shore. Try getting to some areas that require a little effort and you may see your luck change....Time of day isn't always a factor and there is no magic date for when the fishing will get better. Fish can be caught there year round and in good numbers if you put in the time...

Water temps dictate much of where the fish will be and fish always relate to structure and go where the food source is in any body of water. Sometimes a boat,kayak, or float tube will get you to better spots when the water is colder. Learn to explore all types of techniques and you will increase your chances year round.

Nice fish BTW!
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The spots in PLO are built like cinder blocks.
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Yes they are!!
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