How Does The Cold Affect Bass Fishing?

How does colder weather effect largemouth bass fishing, and smallmouth bass fishing? Give me some tips to keep the bite going in the cold.

Bass fishing in cold weather is every bass fishing enthusiast’s nightmare to be perfectly frank, but that is not to say that it cannot be a challenge for you If you do want to keep your hobby going in the winter then you can glean some valuable knowledge to apply in the future from it. The winter bass fishing action is the same for largemouth and smallmouth bass because they are both cold blooded creatures. As such, the cold literally renders them unable to function properly. Their bodies slow down and so they are less likely to bite. You have to be cunning and persistant if you wish to catch bass in the winter and the following tips may give you ideas as to how you can use those qualities to your best advantage. Firstly, try using a vibrating lure rather than one that will just sit motionless in the water. A torpedo or a buzzbait will work effectively. The vibrations will ensure that they can be detected by the bass and this will be more likely to draw them than a lure that is just visible. Secondly, be sure to keep your lure as stationary as possible because a stationary bait will be easier to catch for the bass. They are not likely to go for any food that they have to move far for. Thirdly, fish deep. Bass will more than likely head for deep pools and vegetative areas that provide them will a little shelter from the cold. If you follow these guidelines then you would be more likely to get a bite than if you continue to do what you do in the spring and summer!


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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