How do things change when bass fishing in the winter?

I want to catch bass this winter, but I’ve never done it in the cold. How do things change when bass fishing in the winter?

Bass fishing in winter is a whole different proposition than bass fishing in summer for a number of reasons and if you have neve tried it before then it can certainly be an eye-opener. It can also be a bad experience if you do not know enough about bass fishing in winter because the catch rate is much slower than when the weather is a little warmer. Bass fish are cold blooded creatures and so their body temperatures reflect the temperature of the water. The colder the water, the less they move and the less they eat (the latter is a result of a slower rate of digestion). All of the above lead to a smaller chance of getting a bite on your line. However, there ways and means to encourage the bass to bite and still have a good bass fishing experience. The first thing is to fish at a speed that matches their movement, meaning that you should fish a lot slower and be much more patient if you want to achieve a measure of success. Try using a buzzbait and allowing it to sit in the top water for a longer period of time. The vibrations will attract the bass and a steady bait will encourage it to bite because it will seem like easy prey. Alternatively, fish deeper or in vegetative areas. Bass tend to seek refuge in vegetation, holes and caves underwater because they are slightly warmer. Fishing in those crevices and cover areas will increase your chance of success.

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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