White Bass Spring Spawning Run: A Photo Essay
On The Fly Freshwater
Article and photos by Jimmy Jacobs
White bass are found throughout the southeastern U.S. and in Oklahoma they are the official state fish. In the month of March angling for them takes center stage as these fish in the hundreds make spawning runs up creeks and rivers out of major reservoirs. These fish have a short life span, have a high reproductive capacity and are delicious on the dinner table.
Biologists will tell you the spawning run starts when water temperatures reach 50 to 55 degrees in the reservoirs. On the other hand, old timers said it was easier to time it; just look for the redbud trees to start blooming.