photo by: Ken W. Watson, 2005
|A bass guards its nest from predators. Bass and some other fish (i.e. sunfish) make nests by clearing the muck off the bottom. These form bright looking circles in the near shoreline environment of the lake.
Bass generally lay their eggs in June with the fry hatching in mid to late June. This is the reason that bass fishing season doesn't start until the last Saturday of June. If a bass is caught while nesting it only takes a few seconds for other predators (i.e. sunfish) to dart in and eat the eggs. So any bass fishing, even catch-and-release fishing prior to the end of June is detrimental to the bass population of the lake.
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