Winter Bass Fishing

Understand that the Largemouth Bass is a cold blooded creature. When the temperature is cold it has very little energy. Any energy expended must be worth the reward. It will not and cannot travel long distances to eat. For this reason I prefer to use large baits during winter. In summertime a Largemouth Bass may feed many times throughout the day. It will feed on big meals and small meals. During winter however it must economize. One large feast may last for two weeks. Sooner or later food will present itself right in front of its nose. The Largemouth bass will disdain fast moving baits knowing that sooner or later its patience will be rewarded by a food morsel appearing right under its nose. Your job as a fisherman is to provide that morsel.

Color is another consideration you must experiment with. I prefer darker colors at this time of year, but this depends on the light conditions. I believe the best time to fish in winter is when there is much sunlight and not many clouds. This is exactly the opposite of summer fishing. In fact you can take everything you know about catching Largemouth Bass in the summer and do just the opposite in the winter. If the only winter day you can get on the lake is an overcast cloudy day then by all means switch back to lighter colors. If you have a choice though you should wait for a bright sunny day, fish in the sunlight and select the black, dark blue and red from your tackle box.

In conclusion I want to stress again to always think slow. If you are not catching fish the next thing to try is always slowing down. For sure you need to try new colors and perhaps move from spot to spot. Just always remember to rethink everything you do during the summer.

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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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