I'm the last guy to ask anything about bass fishing, but... I think I discovered the "Pre Spawn" last night - although I'm not even sure what that means While fishing and practicing my cast at the south end of Lone Lake (from the dock) I noticed an added attraction to the fining trout that pull me down there each evening - Bass were "Rising" violently on the surface. This is the first time I've seen the bass this year and then I hooked into one - a LUNKER. This fish made a slow take on my olive WB (thanks again Caveman) and then I've got a huge bend in my 6wt! I'd never really "Needed" to get a fish on my reel before last night, but this baby was just like on TV Not having a scale and never having weighed a bass before, I hesitate to estimate it's weight, but of course I will Conservative estimate of 5+ pounds - it was heavy to hold by the lip. The head and mouth on this fish were huge and then it stayed big all the way down through the tail wrist, and very thick for a barrel chested bass, and very long. While it fought well, it didn't do any of the surface thrashing that the little guys do, it pulled and pulled and pulled - under the dock, and out the other side, tried to get to the cattails, but in the end, even I was able to land him and share the moment with my 4 year old son who was very impressed. It was not Chesapeake, but was sure fun to put a bend in my rod. Is this a sign of Spring?