Smallmouth bass are amazing creatures to watch — especially during the spawn. They are a robust, athletic fish that play hardball on the field and in the nest.
Smallmouths move into the gravel-based nesting areas when the water temperatures reach about 60 degrees. They prefer to make beds on a gravelly substrate to ensure proper egg adhesion. The nests can be in bullrushes, on main lake rock flats, next to sunken wood, tires, cement blocks, but boulders if they have them.