Spawning Bass in CA Delta

While visiting at Discovery Bay, we noticed a pair of bass near shore, beside my brother-in-law’s deck. We stood about fifteen feet above the bass and watched as they spawned. The male is the smaller of the two fish. We guessed his size at about three and a half pounds. The female was much larger. The male manuvered around the female, nudging her and occasionally getting her on her side, which produced a better view.

The males was quite active.

With my photo program, I adjusted the photos and the fish are easier to see.

The larger female was also more colorful.

You can see that the rocks behind the fish are cleared of growth. The area forms the nest where the eggs are laid. The fish will defend the nest. It will be interesting to watch to see how things progress over the next couple weeks.

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