What are some good lures to use in the Winter for largemouth bass?

If you had to choose the 3 best lures to use when fishing for Largemouth Bass in the winter – what would you use?

I love fishing for Largemouth Bass in the winter.  More often than not, that’s usually when I catch the biggest fish of the entire year.  There are a couple of things that are important when fishing for the Largemouth in the winter.  First of all, you have to be at the right place at the right time.  Since we’ve talked finding the bass to death, though, I’ll concentrate on your actual question.  If I was fishing for Largemouth Bass in the winter, my lures of choice would really depend on the water conditions and the depths I was going to be fishing at.  The three lures I would definitely have in my tackle box, however, would be the Spinnerbait, a Rat-L Trap, and a 7-inch Power Worm.  The Spinner-bait would be my lure of choice if I were fishing in water of about 4-8 feet in depth.  If the water is a little stained, I prefer brighter colors and if it’s clear, I stick with light gray.  Because the water temperature is decreasing, I usually start out with a retrieve that is a little slower than I would might use in the fall, but I’m always prepared to make adjustments.  I do like to throw in a twitch or two with the tip of my rod just to see if I can stir up a reaction.  I’ll use the spinner bait when I’m looking for the Bass in cover such as logs, lily pads, or stumps and fallen trees.  If I’m working the breaklines or concentrating on drop-offs, I’d probably switch to a 7 inch Power Worm with either a Carolina or a Texas Rig.  With this worm, I prefer to cast toward the structure and then allow it to lightly settle to the bottom.  I use a technique that involves a little hop followed by a shake of the tip of the rod to make it as noisy as possible.  This method will often pull the Bass out of fairly dense cover.  Finally, because I want the big Bass in the winter, I’ll also use a Rat-L Trap.  The noise will actually pull the Bass from quite a distance and it works best when fishing in water depths anywhere from ½ a foot to 10 feet. 

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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