Is there a temp to trigger pre spawn?

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  1. typer181

    typer181 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Is there a specific water temp that triggers flatheads to come into prespawn feeding? Or is prespawn triggered by something else? Thanks for the input!
     
  2. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Flatheads and channels generally start to spawn when the water temperature reaches 75 - 85 degrees, and blues when the temps about 70 to 80 degrees, according to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. So, before the water gets that warm they should be on a pre-spawn feed.
     

  3. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    When the water temp gets to 50 degrees, Flatheads come out of the cold water period. You might call it a pre pre-spawn LOL. They are looking more for food than a nesting site. But by the time you get near 60 degrees the first wave of pre-spawn should be in full swing. They don't all spawn at the same time. They all take turns gradually. This probably helps make sure at least part of the hatch survives in case of a cold snap or flooding or what not.
     
  4. typer181

    typer181 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks fellas! I greatly appreciate the information!!!
     
  5. field989

    field989 New Member

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    sweet..... i need to get out there and fish then!!!!

    good info !



    Jeff