Post by cvllebanger on Apr 10, 2019 18:53:47 GMT -5
Just wondering does anyone know if most fish are like salmon and return to their general spawning area to spawn themselves? Like would bass up Marsh creek born near the bridge travel all the way to the dam to spawn themselves at any point in their life? Or would a yellow perch in the same scenario travel that far or return to the bridge area? I'm not asking this just about bass or yellow perch but all fish in general
Good question sadly I can't answer it with any authority... I will say that in many lakes the majority of the spawn takes place in the same areas year after year. Whether it is some "homing" instinct or just because those spots offer prime conditions IDK.
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I don't think you can really say "all fish in general" since there are so many species, spawning under different temperature and topographical conditions. Salmon, stripers, eels, shad are well known for their spawning runs originating in the ocean and leading to the tributaries where they were (presumably) born. Suckers migrate into shallow tribs as well in the spring, although not from salt water. Breeding trout will seek similar gravel bottoms when they spawn, but I don't know that there is a study that shows a brown trout returning to the same redd year after year. as for your question of bass moving from one end of the lake to the other - everything I've read indicates that a bass' movement is more dictated by food, and seasonably by temperature, than it is by a reproductive drive. So, unlike the salmon and shad that are determined to get upstream to lay eggs, the bass will make it's way from the dam to the bridge if they are hungry and don't come across a reason to stick around any one spot for a while. I'll venture a guess that this doesn't happen often.