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Inactive Winter Bass

By February 8, 2013

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Catching bass in the winter is tough. I have a rule of thumb about water temperatures. If the temperature is above 50 degrees F I am confident I can catch bass. If it is between 45 and 50 my hope fades but I think I might get lucky and catch one. If the water temperature is below 45 I don't have much hope at all.
Inactive Winter Bass


February 11, 2011 at 8:05 am
(1) Ken Lane says:

I have a rule of thumb also concerning winter bass fishing–if the water is hard stay home. Casting from my deck out into the back yard brings as much hope of catching fish as wasting my time and money fishing when it’s too darn cold.

I prefer casting shallow running plugs because they collect less snow and ice. The action is less disturbed by ice collection and the line seems to stay pliant longer.

February 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm
(2) fishing says:

I am lucky here in Georgia to get to fish year round with few ice problems – most winters we have a good many days that are comfortable to fish, and you can usually catch something. But I do want to try ice fishing some day.

February 16, 2011 at 9:02 am
(3) walter kendrick says:

I have never wanted to go ice fishing, but have been here in Georgia on days that felt like I was ice fishing. I remember one December day on Clarks Hill, it was overcast and about 27 degrees when we put the boat in. It was so cold we decided to fish around the bank starting at the dock. We had been fishing about 10 minutes and I was casting a bone colored fat type lure, working the bottom of a ditch out to the boat. On the second cast I felt something like a piece of pine straw to hit my lure, I set the hook and boated a 8 lb 4 oz bass. I weighed the fish and returned it to those cold waters. I never had another hit all day, but was happy with that fish.

February 14, 2013 at 7:21 am
(4) andrew says:

when it gets that cold here in New Mexico I switch to brown trout..the cold water holds oxegen better and the beasts love it. Helps with morel when it is 20-40 degrees but no wind.

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