How Far Does Bass Travel?

August 20, 2023
David Sunnyside

During the spawn bass move to shallow waters where they prepare beds and lay their eggs. This can happen from late winter through early spring, depending on the lake conditions. This is why it’s important to be aware of the date and time of the spawn and pay attention to the moon phase. During these times bass are more aggressive.

The bass range in music is centered around the 100 Hz to 250 Hz area. Boosting this frequency allows for deeper bass tones without making the song sound too boomy. Bass sounds also have longer wavelengths than treble frequencies which is why they travel further and can be heard more clearly.

Many anglers are surprised to find that bass don’t migrate as much as they might think. This is particularly true for bass that are tagged during a tournament and released back into the same water where they were caught and weighed. In a three year study the DFW tagged 580 bass and found that only 13 of those bass were caught more than one mile from where they were originally released.

During the post spawn period bass will occupy shallow flats, secondary points and even creek mouths. Use larger crankbaits and jerk baits to target these fish. If the water is stained or turbid a brighter colored lure can make bass more noticeable to them. This can be especially helpful in spooky conditions.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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