1. Home > Take Me Fishing Blog > January 2017 > 5 Cold Weather Fishing Tips For Bass. For a most exciting experience, try fishing a night focus to the effects of weather patterns. are my preferred lures, others may be substituted, however, the trend is what is High currents aren’t good for fishing and can be dangerous. Learn new fishing skills, boating resources, fishing etiquette, conservation and more. Shake on bottom near baitfish. 52-54 degrees Look Alive Soft Plastic Twitch Bait (F) Cold water bass fishing can result in either feast of famine for many anglers. A Silverbuddy (F) also become more aggressive. Pulsator Spinnerbait. comes to weather, and these tendencies seem to center around two major factors: Water *Blowing in the wind is a Bob Dylan song. Fish slow with plastic worms, minnows, grubs, jigs, or a slow reeled spinner bait. They do not feed as often but they do feed all winter long, though they eat more in early winter than late winter after food sources and energy reserves have dwindled. What wind does is churn up water, dispersing micro highest point. If you’re fishing in the south where the coolest water temperatures are around 45-50 degrees, you’ll want to fish mid-morning or right around dusk. These Therefore, `deep' water would be somewhere below those depths. we will likely face slow fishing during the hours of the day when the Sun is at its penetration. Typically after a prolonged period of sub 40 degree weather the bass will go deep. temperature and light penetration. Largemouth tend to have a lower tolerance for cold water, whereas smallmouth and spotted bass are more active in cold water. Top water (R) lure systems that will work under varying temperature ranges. Learn more about how you can identify a largemouth bass, where to catch it and what bait and lures to use. difficult time finding a very subtle, actionless lure like a small worm. UNTRUE! The temperatures during this phase is around 48-50 degrees. temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees will set bass into a spawning mode that will change All species of freshwater fish are cold blooded. Fish that were on points may pull off and best bass fishing occurs at night! Yesterday I filmed this short video covering some of my two favorite cold water techniques. Stroker worms, (LL) Skinnybear jig, Nichols Salty Mother Tube jigs, Nichols Impact jig and For example, during Brian’s tournament it was … Select a state to find fishing and boating information: Get started fishing today, purchase your fishing license online, check regulations and more. When barometric pressure is stable, lake Clear water bass may normally spend their time at depths of 20-45 feet. wind and clearing conditions develop. Low light conditions are caused by a number of things: metabolism to increase, which would explain why bass chase shad to the surface all over A blade bait is a dynamite lure for stair-stepping down steep 45 degree banks into the zones bass are holding. Here are some things to consider before heading out in the winter time. 2. Fishing the 50-degree Temperature Break: Buzzbaits and Jerkbaits John E. Phillips “Cast and retrieve” is a tactic that generally catches anglers the most bass, but not in the wintertime. Remembering that certain change take place during the day. suspend, shallow fish may also shut down. One thing we do know for So, here are the 6 things to keep in mind when bass fishing in tough weather conditions: 1. Once we get further into late winter and the water starts to tick into the low 50s, bass begin to move into the prespawn mode and it’s time to get after them. Stability is the key. Dead stick At 45 degrees Largemouth Bas become a little bit active, I still do not recommend fishing for this species under these conditions but at this point you have a fighting chance. which will cause bass metabolism to increase, which should increase a bass' Slow twitch Not sure which lures will help you score a largemouth on the warmest days of the year? Sign-up to receive our monthly newsletter with interesting blogs about fishing and boating. Bass are cold-blooded creatures, meaning their body temperature is the same as that of their surroundings. On days like this, I like to take advantage of the low light morning hours. The author, Wes Junker, with a five pound bass caught on Lake Okeechobee . 3. Get the point? Stable weather, let's consider this condition first.Bass are known to prefer stable, consistent periods of weather, be it sunny, rainy, cold or windy. As a rule, I 2. As it warms up, the three stages of spring begin. By mid day, however, I will begin to run out of shade, and if the barometer is stable, the Shake slowly Slow, 61-64 degrees Do you like this content? 2. They do eat and they do so efficiently. www.probassanglers.com, Unlocking The Secrets Of Weather Systems Bass don't feed in winter. Texas Rigged Strait-tail worm (4") (F) very important. Crawled slowly, up hill It’s my opinion that the 50-degree mark signals the bass to pull closer to the areas where they will spawn later in the spring. (TL) Silverbuddy, Excalibur Minnow Nichols The best and most miserable weather for largemouth bass fishing. (BL) Excalibur Fat Free Shad-deep diver, Excalibur Fat Free 3/8 jig and pig (F) Warm, calm days will cause water temperature to rise, 3. The water will warm up, here in NJ its gonna be 62-64 degrees F for the next two days...i get home from school with a few hours of sunlight left so i was thinking about spending it fishing. on. Fishing with cold-water lures, like a jig and trailer, on the shaded banks just might land that trophy you’re looking for. Fast cadence, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-pause Split shotting, down shotting, doodling or vertically jigging a spoon my not seem As the weather again 5. slight or extreme, but for whatever reason, bass tend to let go and get active as a front bite can really be there, (it should be noted that wind does not push bait fish, wind Water Temp, Lures Of Choice, Speed Of Retrieve. The sudden brightness will again make fishing presentations tend to be more effective. While bass fishing during the day really peaks during overcast conditions, cloud cover at night can almost grind bass fishing to a halt. One of my fondest bass fishing memories was actually created during a late season duck hunting trip in the upper mid-west when I was a teenager. do you guys think its worth fishing while its this cool out...or should i just pack up my gear and call it a year? Weather If bad weather is in the forecast, the number one thing for anglers to keep in mind is to plan your strategy in advance. Suspending Rip bait (R) Night Fishing for Bass on Cloudy Days. 1/2 Spinner bait (R) shallow water that many anglers look forward to. The colder the water, the more finesse (F) presentations are effective. (F) true, sensitive eyes, fear of predators, ability to surprise-attack. 3/8 jig and pig (F) falling barometer seems to be better than a rising barometer. The type of fish you pursue can make a difference, too. conditions are created. approaches. lures play on a bass' aggressive nature while others provide a subtle, non threatening all that glamorous, but these techniques will help us get those fish that do decide to 3/8 jig and pig (F) There is less to eat during cold weather so fish bite anything they can catch. Most of the fishing public believes bass activity shuts down when the water temperature gets into the mid-40s, but that’s not true. Storm Fronts-Cloud cover or fog, tends to block light penetration creating low light In both conditions, one thing is for sure, the Understanding which lures relate best to different temperature ranges is very helpful, and skittish bass "turn on." One degree in water temperature can make a huge difference. The sudden drop in barometric pressure can really turn the bass my top water patterns well into mid morning by "running and gunning," moving 1/2 Spinner bait (R) The water temperature was a frigid 45 degrees, and the bass were sluggish. water when bright conditions are dominant. 55-57 degrees As the Medium Start-stop-pause "Look Alive" Soft plastic Rip bait. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. Wind-On bright, sunny days, wind causes a choppy surface which breaks up light Where a spoon derives its action after the hop or pull as it flutters on the fall, a blade bait attracts on the actual rip and drop. Falling barometric pressure indicates that a front is passing through. After the front moves through the area, we experience a rise in barometric pressure. tournament at Lake Casitas during the Summer where a three fish limit can weigh 27 to 30 1. Texas Rigged Strait-tail worm (4") (F) 4. Often in tournament situations, you hear pros begging for a breeze to make Bass are considered warm-water species, which means that most family’s favorite time to head to the lake (summer) is also when the bass bite is best. from one shady area to another, fishing tight to steep canyon walls that still have shade Pre-Spawn, Spawn & Post-Spawn. presentation. whether I will use a finesse approach or reaction lures. 4. (TR) R & R Stable weather is fishing weather during which bass are most active and their behavior during different periods of stable conditions probabilistic. 69-72 degrees more light penetration, the more difficult it is to get bass to bite. 1. Before we get started let's dispel some common misconceptions about winter bass fishing. 3. This table should serve as a guide for using water temperature in selecting lures. 1. 1/2 Silverbuddy spoon (F) Here again we get the Learn how to register your vessel, boating laws and more. "Looks Alive" Soft Plastic Twitch bait. Fast Start-stop-pause ⚠ Before you head to the water check the latest COVID-19 updates. Bass that are deeper, will move up on points and Cold Fronts If you can fish ahead of a cold front, this can sometimes be The Answer Is Blowing In The Wind. Slow, start-stop-pause Bass are cold-blooded, meaning their body temperature is the same as the surrounding water. See if this helps you with some general ideas of when to throw what baits. Cold water slows a bass' metabolism which source of comfort. into biting because these baits offer a non-threatening action, which represents an easy If you have a boat and a fishfinder, search out the deep holes in the lake and drop your lures there. Keith Nighswonger's Temperature/Lure Selection Table During the heat of summer bass will often move to cooler, shady areas near the bottom of the water column. difficult, however the wind may help us get a few crank bait fish. use the following temperature table to help in lure selection: Cold Winter Bass Fishing. 1/2 Spinner bait (R) Plastic Worms. The largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish in the U.S. can provide us with a starting point in our quest for the little green fish. position to intercept a passing crank bait or spinner bait. Fishing slow with plastic worms or minnows is best. What Causes Low Light Conditions? 30-40 degrees air temp. Slow crank, pull, stop-repeat and they tend to become more aggressive. begins to stabilize, things will again start to return to normal. Aggressive bass require aggressive presentations, thus, Along with water temperature, spring largemouth location is driven by spawning behavior, so fishin… 1. Record bass have been caught during winter months. ¿No hay bote? 58-60 degrees Split shot grub (F) Split shot grub (F) As the water temperature drops, their digestive process slows dramatically – according to “Bass Professor” Doug Hannon, it takes a bass about four hours to digest a meal in 80-degree water, four days in 50-degree water! "slowed down world" of cold water, kind of like a crawdad on caffeine. While others might pass up fishing in 45-degree weather, one Texas man from Richmond thought it was a perfect opportunity to hopefully catch sandbar shark just before the new year. Remember to reel slow. And guys wanted to know if there was a chart you could reference for when to fish certain bass fishing lures.We organized the Wired2Fish Bass Fishing Lure Selector Chart by water temperature and water clarity. Bass that do not live in the shallows will tend to move into deeper the whole complexion of the lake we are fishing. It is for this reason that in the warmer weather months if you find a fish in deeper water, chances are there are more there. Only caught 4 fish two over 18 inches and two around 11-12 inches. Top water (R) Good luck. Check out five bass fishing lures that have proven themselves by producing bites even as the mercury climbs above the 90-degree mark. Suspending Rip bait (R) fishing that we may have been experiencing. the best fishing possible. what were good fishing conditions. would account for the inactivity bass demonstrate during the year's colder months. We encourage you to follow CDC recommendations. water warms, (and a bass' metabolism increases,) the emphasis on reaction (R) lures 3. 2. Remembering that a bass is a The multi-lure rig has been catching quality bass in cold water for the past couple of years. Shad-medium diver, Nichols Lightening Shad Bass.) change my approach. Medium During the winter months, you may read a lot of articles about jigs and spinnerbaits, and how to use them for cold-water bass. To me it boils down However, due to our unpredictable Florida weather, the temperature changes in our ‘winter’ can make bass change their behavior sporadically. This is the main reason bass school up in deeper water during the warm weather months. However, under these stable conditions remember, we will likely not have Sudden drops in water temperature often ruin The biggest challenge for many anglers is changing their summer fishing tactics to winter tactics. When water temperatures dip into the 30s, slowing down your approach and downsizing your baits are the keys to catching bass. Being positioned next to cover, the bass is in better 1/2 Spinner bait (R) It is not until the temperature reaches fifty degrees until Largemouth Bass become a fishable species in my opinion. 2. Bass fishing at night under cloud cover is typically pretty bad for getting night bites. The colder days that follow can actually create good opportunities to put cold weather fishing tips for largemouth bass into practice. Lures For Light Penetration As a rule, when light penetration is at its brightest, finesse the fish will become more active and I will hope for a slight breeze to position the bass conditions also begin to stabilize. The winter thaw has ended and it’s getting warmer which means, it must be spring! 2. Medium-Fast Deep-diving crankbait (R) The A-rig, for example, has dispelled that belief here and across the south. have drastic effects on what a bass needs and wants to do. As we begin the … 4. increases. cold-blooded creature, sudden changes, especially sudden drops in water temperature can ¡No hay problema! really happens to bass when weather systems push through an area. In 80 degree water a bass digests its food in about four hours. April 15, 2016 at 7:33 p.m. UTC. In different areas of the country, water Deep-diving crank bait(R) natural aggressive tendencies. Medium presentation that trigger strikes from non aggressive fish, I can begin to put together move indoors during the extreme part of the day. Bass are going to always bite less often in cool water but it also can be the time of year the big ones seem to be caught! Speed of retrieve is also lures. bite. 3. As a front passes through however, we often experience a drop in water temperature. Under clam conditions in clear water, finesse lures are the best bet. After ice-out in late winter or early spring, bass begin moving from deeper areas where they spent the winter toward rapidly warming shallow waters. the lake during the hottest times of the year. As the wind comes up, the bass reposition, bait fish get stirred up and the reaction My experience has demonstrated that under bright conditions, shallow Medium Start-stop-pause The biggest question we get asked by anglers is when to throw what bait. conditions. Launched the boat yesterday at day break and the water was 90.8-91.2 degrees and warmed up to 94 by 1100. 4. points where I can catch them on a reaction bait like a spinner bait or crank bait. 2. Fall bass fishing is simple when you understand how the weather impacts bass habits. Warmer water causes a bass' Weather Patterns pressure rise is what "blows the storm front through." Shake slowly up hill 1. On lakes like Southern Nevada's Lake Mead, I can fish Darkness-All right, this is very obvious, but anywhere you go in this country, the very For what ever reason, under low light conditions, bass tend to come out of hiding places When the bite shuts down due to the passing of a front, we may need to turn to our finesse Slowly pulled over rock. aggressiveness. Having discussed the effects of water temperature and light penetration, we now shift our Bass … on them. Perhaps the one thing that eludes us in our quest for bass fishing intelligence is what The Secrets Of Weather Systems, Keith Nighswonger's In different areas of the country, water temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees will set bass into a spawning mode that will change the whole complexion of the lake we are fishing. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2. Bass are cold blooded by nature so their activity levels are directly impacted by climate changes. Please complete the following fields to subscribe to our newsletter. pounds! Early Morning, Late Afternoon-Any time the Sun is not directly overhead, low light Spinning Rod vs Casting Rod: What’s the difference? A slight change in barometric pressure is usually enough meal. Cómo encontrar los mejores lugares para pescar. Suspending Rip bait (R) Slow vertical (near bait fish) During periods of low light, reaction lures become a better choice because of the bass' 1/2 Silverbuddy spoon (F) 1. Slow cadence, 1-2-3-pause Hope this helps you catch more bass! Unlocking to one word: Comfort. Typically, if the water temperature is right, I will start off with a top water lure and (F) blows above the water not below it. Subscribe to our Newsletter and get all the information you need to learn, plan, and equip for your next fishing adventure. ? (R)=Reaction Offering This any wind, or cloud cover, which means light penetration will be extreme, which means that Slowly pulled over rock. Dead Stick-SLOW Western Fishing Network, No part of this article may be reproduced without permission of Water temperature should also play a role in lure selection. Over the years I have noticed a number of tendencies exhibited by bass when it next to When it comes to unlocking the mysteries of weather patterns, the answer may indeed be sure is that bass are effected by changes in the weather that is above their watery "Look Alive" Soft plastic Rip bait. Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. under some low light conditions, such as those caused by wind, the bass may have a domains. Under that type of extreme heat, very-few anglers want to go out on the water to fish, because catching bass in 90-degree water is difficult. If you see that the river or lake you’re considering has a high current, avoid it. Burning a crank bait in 52 degree water may look very unnatural in the It should also be noted that In the heat of summer, most of us move as little as possible. 1. It should also be noted that the amount of light penetration will play a major role in Of course water temperature is also the triggering factor for the Spring migrations into reaction lures become the better choice in these situations. There are many theories as to why this is Though the bite was slow, Brauer coaxed lunker largemouth from docks with a suspending jerkbait. Get fishing tips and tricks and read personal stories from anglers who live and breathe fishing and boating. Quick, erratic retrieve. In 50 degree … to cause a breeze which is what I need to get the bass positioned next to cover or up on 3. Shaken slowly, up hill, 65-68 degrees In the North, where bass are accustomed to lower temperatures, fishing can be good in water temperatures above 45 degrees. They will be heading towards shoreline structure and will be hanging out in the shallows. Small, subtle finesse baits can fool leery bass Water Temperature plays a major role in what a bass does. worth bass fishing in 62-64 degree weather?? Water temperature should also play a role in lure selection. Under stable conditions, I will be comfortable, but the high light 2. Fishing in cold weather is tough, but with these tips you can make for a successful day on the lake. important. lack of wind will force me to abandon my reaction patterns and opt for a finesse 1. (F)=Finesse Offering related to cover. penetration will force the bass to seek more comfortable surroundings, which forces me to By Wes Junker. Once the water temperature reaches 75 degrees or higher in the shallows, most bass will move off shore to deeper water. water bass will seek heavy cover or shade much in the same way you or I might decide to Blade bait. Shake slowly up hill During the pre-spawn, the bass are actively feeding to build up energy and moving in from the deeper water. cover so I can get them with my reaction lures. Reaction lures work best with some wind. Shade-Caused by high canyon walls, logs or brush piles, shade is often craved by bass as a organisms, which attract bait fish and generally gets the food chain active, including Mr. If I had my way, I would like to see a little bit of barometric Time the Weather. A front can be Ripped through schools of baitfish on the surface However, early spring weather is unpredictable, and as the water temperature in the shallows fluctuates from day to day, bass will move back and forth between shallow and deep water. Keith Nighswonger This drop in water temperature can be extreme and very often shuts off any good reaction While the definition of cold weather fishing might be a bit different depending on where you live, there are some general tips that can help you learn how to fish in cold weather and be successful at it. Register your boat today. Cold- and Warm-Water Fish. fish as much low light as possible. blowing in the wind. Bass are just the opposite: Because their metabolism speeds up as the temperature climbs, they are more active and must feed regularly. 49-51 degrees When light penetration is low, it tends to position bass next to or on the edge of cover. 3/8 jig and pig (F) Light penetration does some interesting things to bass, especially in their positioning
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