Catching Big Winter Bass
When you live in Texas, there doesn’t need to be a fishing offseason. While most outdoorsmen put fishing on hold to hunt during the winter, I believe it is the best time of the year to catch monster bass. Find out how to land your next lunker with these simple tips.
Use Bigger, Slower Lures
It is pretty standard knowledge that bass slow down and move far less when the water gets colder, which is why it is important to use a slower bait when fishing in the winter. What most anglers forget is that a bigger bait is also essential for landing winter bass. Since the fish do not want to move as much, they seize every opportunity they get to take down a large meal. Big spinners and crankbaits will attract the bigger bass that are in search of hunting one large meal instead of chasing small baitfish all day.
Find Warmer Water
It may seem like a no-brainer, but bass are attracted to warmer water during the winter. Look around for warm water sources like shallow areas, small creeks and rivers running into the lake, or power plant discharges. If you can’t seem to find any physical signs that there is a warm spot, keen your eyes peeled for baitfish on your fishfinder. Baitfish will flock to warm water areas despite the fact that they may become dinner for a predatory species.
If you can’t seem to find warmer water and are not having any success using big, slow lures, you may not be going deep enough. I always keep a deep-diving crankbait in my tackle box for when nothing else is working. Bass tend to go deeper when the water gets colder (except for when they find a hotspot) resulting in many anglers retrieving their baits right over top of the fish. A deeper diving crankbait may be the answer to your winter fishing woes.
When all else fails and you are at your wits end, try switching over to live bait. Although many anglers vow to never use live bait, there is nothing wrong with throwing a minnow or a nightcrawler onto a hook and seeing what happens. Make sure to keep your bait warm before you tie it on to ensure that you maximize its movement.
Stephen Geri is an avid fisherman who loves spending time outdoors with his grandchildren. Find more of Stephen’s tips and tricks at www.stephengeri.net.