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You hit it on the head, temperature is the key...fish dont have watches, so a lot of thier activities is based on the temperature of the water they reside in. thats why you can kind of (more or less)predict when they will spawn, feed, ect ect based on the time of the year, but it really pays to carry a thermometer with you and keep a close eye on the particular body of water you plan on fishing. alot of fresh water game fish really turn on in the spring when the temps start reaching the mid 50s, i believe largemouth bass spawn when water temps reach around 55 degrees. i imagine crappie, perch, and sunfish are about the same....

ive noticed in smaller ponds and lakes in colorado late april-may is the time crappie and bass usually start getting more active and start bedding...but i imagine in larger lakes it might even be later
 
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