Summary: Bass Biology
Change is the status quo in bass populations
Most bass fisheries vary in fishing
quality through time, and some vary
to extreme levels -- "boom" and "bust"
periods. In most cases, the booms and
busts result from natural fluctuations
in habitat quality and quantity.
These fluctuations should not be a
surprise; they are part of the natural
patterns in aquatic systems. Sometimes
these fluctuations can be dramatic.
For example, lakes Orange and
Lochloosa in central Florida are cur-
rently supporting excellent bass fish-
eries for the first time in a number of
years. These two interconnected lakes
were among Florida's best bass fishing
waters in the 1970s and '80s, each sup-
porting multiple guide operations and