Big Bass Fishing Strategies

The best way to prepare for cold weather fishing is to eat right. Foods that have fat will allow you to generate more body heat. Also, drink plenty of water, around a gallon a day is about right. Wear a hat, because as much as 60% of your body heat can be lost through your head. Dress in layers so you can adjust as needed. Have a cell phone handy for emergencies, and be sure to let someone know where you will be, in case you don’t come home on time.

In early spring, as the water warms above 50 degrees, bass will return to their warm water ‘homes’. At this time of year, they are preparing for the spawn, and will establish ‘holding’ areas off of suitable nesting sites.

They will not necessarily be following baitfish into the shallows, for at this time, crawfish are spawning, and have shed their shells to become the ‘softshell’ variety, and salamanders have also arrived to mate, and dine on fish eggs. Bass attract both the crawfish and salamanders (mudpuppies) with abandon. These imitations are your best bet in early spring. As the water warms to suitable spawning temperatures (65 degrees and up), males will build ‘beds in less than 5 feet of water, on flats with structure nearby.

As the water warms to near 70 degrees, females come in, select a mate and spawn. Females them lay eggs and bug out for their homes, leaving the males to guard the nest. At this time, bass will attack anything that approaches the nest, regardless of size, color or movement.. If you find them, you will catch them. After the eggs hatch, the males will return to their spring and summer habits.

By mapping bass seasonal patterns, you can catch big bass all year long.

Happy Fishing

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