5 Cold Weather Fishing Tips For Bass

If those winter fronts blow through, don’t fret. The colder days that follow are actually good opportunities to put into practice tips for fishing for largemouth bass in cold weather. While the definition of cold weather fishing can vary a little depending on where you live, there are some general tips that can help you learn how to fish and be successful in cold weather.

1. Fall asleep. Very often, in cold weather, fishing does not start until late morning or early afternoon. This is a switch from freshwater fishing in the early morning and evening hours of the summer months. When cold weather comes through, the bite will often not turn on until the air and water temperatures have risen slightly.

2. Don’t stick to one spot. If any of your detected spots haven’t generated a bite after about 20 minutes, keep moving until you find actively feeding fish.

3. Use smaller baits. Professional bass anglers often refer to this downsizing of lures or lures as “finesse fishing”. For example, use a ¼ ounce jighead with a plastic maggot instead of larger bait like Texas plastic lizards or crabs. This finesse approach is worth trying every year when the fish appears to be inactive, although it works especially well in cold weather.

4. Use a lighter line. Switch the 20 pound monofilament to 8 pound fluorocarbon. It will work fine as you are using smaller bait and the fluorocarbon is virtually invisible underwater. Your presentation needs to be as discreet as possible if you are targeting fussy post-front bass.

5. Look out for thick weeds. Heavy vegetation produces more oxygen in the water. These higher oxygen levels can in turn attract fish and boost their metabolism a little in cold weather.

Now you have the answers to the question, “How do you catch fish in the winter months?” When the next front comes through, pack your gear and check out these cold water bass fishing tips. Cold weather fishing can be more of a challenge, but there’s nothing quite like the reward of a catch in difficult conditions. Make sure you bring your state fishing license and check the latest fishing regulations before you set off.

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Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.

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