If you've been in the game for a while, you know that fishing in the Winter is a completely different sport when compared to the other, warmer seasons. The Bass have had all year to get big and tasty, but this is when they are starting to feel lethargic and their reactions begin to slow. They're also on the lookout for whatever warmth they can get and hunting smaller, slower fish to tide them over till the next season.
This means your warm weather strategies will have to be adapted to this new underwater colder climate. But don't fret, we've compiled our best tips to make sure those bass will continue to bite all Winter long!
Know Your Winter Season Split
High 30’s low 40’s water temp, Bass are starting to dive deeper, looking for warmer spots away from moving water. Typically hiding behind objects, like large rocks.
The Bass start to get really deep, often lurking 10 - 40 feet below the surface, and sometimes on the bed of the water.
Bass begin to come back up to the top, starting to look a bit more actively for food and feeding on shallow bait fish.
How & Where To Strike
Bass act differently in the Winter, whether that's their movement, location, depth or feeding habits - therefore it’s important to know precisely where the Bass will be when you cast, and how they will react to your offering.
Warmer & Deeper
During the earlier months and mid winter months, Bass will dive much deeper down, looking for warmer spots. However when it comes around to Late winter they will start moving up to find food again.
Because of the cold water, Bass are typically in the stage where they want to conserve as much energy and warmth as possible. This means Bass are much less likely to fight for their food, instead, hoping to catch something easy. To help combat this your lures need to mimic slower, dying fish.
When baiting out those Bass bites, you want to ensure that you aren’t making it too hard for the Bass, instead aiming for a big reaction bite - rather than a chase.
What Lures & Bait To Use
So now you know where and how to track down your monster Bass, the next, and most important part is - which lure to use. There are so many options to choose from, but there is a definite advantage of certain lures over others in the winter period.
Emulating a dying/slow shad, enticing a reaction strike from bass - as Bass are usually behind rocks or structures - Check out the Rip Snorter... it’s Weedless design is definitely a game changer when fishing heavy structure on the bottom.
Easily control depth with Jig head, excellent for changing with the depth of the Bass, depending on season. Slower swim bait is better, with medium tail movement, just like our Paddle Tail. The medium tail beat speed with a wide action is perfect for attracting attention.
These baits are great at emulating a slowly dying bait fish, which Bass are more likely to chase in their sluggish state. You need a Fork Bait in your arsenal which can be Tokyo Rigged or drop shot rigged as this set-up mimics an exhausted fish on its last legs.