A spawning bed is an underwater solid surface on which fish spawn to reproduce themselves.
In fishery management, a spawning bed is an artificial bed constructed by wildlife professionals in order to improve the ability of desired game fish to reproduce. Increasing the spawning ability of a fish population may reduce pressure on a fishery and improve the productivity of supplemental stocking from fish hatcheries.
In the inland waters of North America, a typical spawning bed will consist of a series of concrete boxes filled with aggregate gravel. The concept is credited to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In a typical example of spawning beds in action, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has installed approximately 50 largemouth bass spawning beds in Crab Orchard Lake in southern Illinois.
In some cases, especially in salt water, an artificial structure may significantly alter underwater morphology and create an artificial reef. Some vessels have been deliberately sunken, especially in salt water, in order to provide a destination for divers. In some of these cases the artificial reef also serves a supplemental purpose as a spawning bed.
See also 
- ^ Joe McFarland, "Making Bass Beds", Outdoor Illinois XVI:5 (May 2008), pages 16-17.
- ^ Joe McFarland, "The Unique Refuge", Outdoor Illinois XIX:3 (March 2011), pages 14.
Helena Independent Record
Wed, 15 May 2013 23:35:54 -0700
A rainbow trout will likely be atop the spawning bed or off to the side or behind it, Lulow said. Ron Aasheim, a spokesman for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Helena, said anglers should be pleased with the fish populations that ...
The Birmingham News - al.com
Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:22:39 -0700
View full sizeElite pro Gerald Swindle shows a Guntersville bass he teased off a spawning bed. Frank Sargeant. There's a reason so many top bass pros live in Alabama. And for most, it's spelled G-u-n-t-e-r-s-v-i-l-l-e. "It's not only maybe the world's ...
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 01:59:15 -0700
A lot of times while dragging a bait across a spawning bed the fish will just pick up the bait and move it off the bed. Because of that, it's very important to pay attention to your line. Know when your line has made contact with the bottom and keep a ...
Thu, 02 May 2013 18:58:10 -0700
His breakthrough was a largemouth off a spawning bed. Then he moved and was able to fill his five-fish limit with smaller spotted bass for about 7 pounds total, he estimated. His day just got better and better. He saw a largemouth “cruising” and made a ...
Thu, 02 May 2013 06:26:15 -0700
Once a female largemouth bass spawns, she will move away from the spawning bed to a nearby location to rest before moving any further. If numerous females spawn at approximately the same time, you could be fishing during that period when the females ...
Athens Daily Review
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 04:00:55 -0700
Just for the record, Kruse, 46, was sight fishing on Naconiche that sunny Saturday afternoon with his wife, Tracie, when he spotted the big bass along with much smaller male on a spawning bed in about three feet of water. The angler said he pitched a ...
Lufkin Daily News
Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:29:24 -0700
Lancaster's Alex Finch won the grand prize with a 9.90 pounder that he caught off a spawning bed shortly after the tournament got underway. The fish grabbed a four inch watermelon Fat Jack tube in about four feet of water. kAmx?E6C6DE:?8=J[ u:?49'D H:?
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