For the most part bass will build their beds in creeks, which provide more protected areas that are good for spawning. Look for one of the larger creeks on your lake or river and head towards the head end. Follow the creek/river channel until it swings away from a bank into a pocket or creates a flat and begin looking there. Bass like their beds protected and prefer to create a bed around a piece of cover, whether it be natural or manmade. This may be a laydown, large rock, stump or even a concrete block holding a dock in place. If your body of water is without creeks, look up a good topographical map and locate flat/shallow areas of the lake with these same ingredients: a bottom composition such as gravel/pea gravel that a bass can manipulate to make a bed; an area protected from wind and waves, such as a cove/pocket or even a marina in a creek; or north-facing flats/coves/pockets, which receive the most sunlight. This is one of the most exciting times of the year to fish because bass don’t consciously choose to go shallow, they are biologically pre-determined to go there to spawn, making this the most predictable time of the year.
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