Cold Water Bass

I’ve heard there are some different things you should do for cold water bass fishing. Any advice as things cool down?

There are several steps you need to take when fishing for cold water Largemouth Bass. Remember this is a cold blooded species and like all cold blooded species will become far less active as its body temperature decreases. These changes can be offset by following these principles: 1) Fish water that is much shallower than you are used to fishing. When the temperature is cold Largemouth Bass will either inhabit water that is very deep or very shallow. The fish that inhabit the deep water are not feeding and not worth our efforts. The ones in shallow water are attempting to warm their bodies and are actively feeding. 2) Keep your presentations very slow. It is very hard to fish too slowly in this situations. I like to use a bait like a jig and pig combo or plastic worm. Instead of a steady retrieve you should simply use your rod tip to lift the bait off the bottom and let in sink back down. You will often notice a strike as it drops to the bottom. 3) Keep your line light and use a rod that is light action and is very sensitive to strikes. At this time of year the fish will not slam into a lure aggressively. Quite often they will simply pick the bait up in their mouths and swim away with it before they commit to swallowing it. The light action rod is required to have the ability to feel these pickups. Cold water bass fishing is more a sport of adaptation than anything else.


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