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First Things First

This map is all about the Coosa. It includes places to eat, marinas, public boat launches, and current fish consumption advisories.

Water Temperature

Water temperature is the primary indicator for predicting fish spawning season. Pre-spawn starts in late winter or early spring, and bass feed with voracious appetites to plump up for spawn. On the Coosa, bass usually spawn in springtime when the water temperature rises to about 60 degrees. Post-spawn fish are headed back to the main channel or deeper waters.

Pre-Spawn

  • 40 – 55°F 33% 33%
What's Going On?
The pre-spawn feeding time is how bass make it through the spawn (period where they lay eggs), where they may not eat for up to 14 days.
Location

Wider & deeper points of the river, leading into a cut or small shallow cove.

 

Behavior
Living in deep waters, feeding as much as possible to prepare for the stressful act of spawning.

Spawn

  • 55 – 65°F 67% 67%
What's Going On?
At this time, male fish will find a suitable nesting area and prepare it for mating. Then the male bass circles the humble home slowly and waits for a mate.
Location

Shallow bays at the back of coves.

Behavior
Bass are extremely aggressive to protect their nests.

Post-Spawn

  • 65°F+ 100% 100%
What's Going On?
When the bass have accomplished their “goals” of the spawn, they head back out to deeper waters on the main channel to enjoy the summer.
Location

Deeper waters, main channel.

Behavior
High energy, looking to feed.