Cold Water Bass Fishing
Just because it is cold now, do not put your fishing gear in storage until spring. By adjusting your techniques, the bass fishing can be surprisingly good during winter. In fact, Tennessee Bassmaster Elite pro Brandon Colter
believes that big smallmouth “come alive at 55.”
Here’s how to catch bass in cold water:
Switch to lighter line and try a small jig at the front of a 6-inch rubber worm. Try to keep in contact with the bottom and give it slow, little hops.
The trick here is letting it pause between twitches. It is difficult for me to let a hard lure just sit suspended for 20 seconds between jerks. To help pass the time, Bassmaster host Mark Zona
suggests, “text someone.” Build your confidence in a small pond before trying this on a large lake.
The action of a spoon fluttering down to the bottom works in cold water and continues, even under ice
even though you may need to scale down to smaller spoons.
Bass may be bunched up this time of year and suspended. Where this multi-lure rig is legal, the appearance of a school of bait fish is hard to pass up even to a cold, sulking bass.
Rip this lure up and let it flutter down to the top of submerged vegetation. I was amazed how quickly Bassmaster Elite Kevin VanDam
fished this lure on a tournament lake that was covered with ice just the day before. Cold water fishing is now the only time I cast this lure.
When the water is cold, bass metabolism slows and they don’t need to eat as much. However in general, if you change your lures and slow down, you can still tempt bass into strikes. The exception is the logic-defying lipless crankbait which is worked surprisingly fast. Even though the year is almost over, make sure your fishing license and boat registration
is up to date. The cold bass bite still won’t let me put my boat away.