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#1186621 - 02/17/09 07:02 PM Cold water bass fishing
Rackseeker
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I was wondering what is your favorite and most productive way to catch bass in high 40's to low 50's degree water. The lake I fish mostly is for the most part deep and clear. The fishing is usually tough until the water temp reaches mid 50's. I'd like to hear from some you on cold water bass fishing.
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#1186635 - 02/17/09 07:12 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Rackseeker]
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I like to slow roll spinner baits. Real Slow.
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#1186640 - 02/17/09 07:15 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Rackseeker]
tophat
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I have alot of luck with a jig this time of year in crawfish color.I also have alot of luck with a crankbait in red color.I have caught my biggest bass in feb.and march.On the jig i fish it in about 2 ft to up to 5ft of water and target structure of any kind but once i get a pattern of what they like i adjust to that.On the crankbait same dept and deeper just run it threw the structure hang on lol.I also like a fluke this time of year unweighted to.
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#1186893 - 02/17/09 08:58 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: tophat]
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Jigs, jigs, and jigs in less than 50 degree water.

Once the water gets into the 50's I start throwing everything in the tackle box and jigs. I mainly fish stained, shallow water reservoir stuff.

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#1186952 - 02/17/09 09:35 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: username]
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me too jigs and spoons
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#1187018 - 02/17/09 10:11 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: shorefisherman]
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44 to 55 is perfect crankin temps!!!
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#1187021 - 02/17/09 10:12 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: shorefisherman]
8 Ball
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tourney this weekend on Guntersville, and I've already got my rods tied up with 3 shades of red rattle baits and 1 jerk bait. Rattle baits entice reaction bites which will usually just about rip the rod out of your hands, and the jerk bait bite comes from rippin the bait a few feet and then letting it sit still anywhere from 10-30 seconds, this time of year can produce some serious lady hogs that have moved up into the staging period and are getting ready to spawn.
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#1187048 - 02/17/09 11:07 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: 8 Ball]
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I'm still throwin a float-n-fly and a tightlining in East Tn in those temps.
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#1187297 - 02/18/09 07:38 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: holstonangler]
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Was wondering the same thing myself. I'll prob get my boat out in two weeks. If y'all keep talking about big'uns in shallow water then I may get it out earlier!!!
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#1187322 - 02/18/09 07:46 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: A.K.A.]
Baxter83
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 Originally Posted By: ETNWT
Was wondering the same thing myself. I'll prob get my boat out in two weeks. If y'all keep talking about big'uns in shallow water then I may get it out earlier!!!


ME TOO!!

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#1187378 - 02/18/09 08:17 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: tophat]
J Hartman
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 Originally Posted By: tophat
I have alot of luck with a jig this time of year in crawfish color.I also have alot of luck with a crankbait in red color.I have caught my biggest bass in feb.and march.On the jig i fish it in about 2 ft to up to 5ft of water and target structure of any kind but once i get a pattern of what they like i adjust to that.On the crankbait same dept and deeper just run it threw the structure hang on lol.I also like a fluke this time of year unweighted to.



I use the rapala jointed crawfish color crank this time of year, and... that's about it... Think i bout 8 of them this winter... =)
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#1187439 - 02/18/09 08:36 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Rackseeker]
rsimms
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Suspending Shad Raps (emphasis on "suspending"). Crank 'em down to the structure and then stop and let 'em sit suspended... sometimes as long as 15 or 20 seconds... until "Whap!"
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#1187759 - 02/18/09 10:38 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Baxter83]
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Jig in crawfish color, or a hard suspending jerkbait on deep, clear lakes. Hard to go wrong with a big spinnerbait slow-rolled, also.

Where I fish, it's clear and loaded with hydrilla, when the water temps hit around 50, I like to burn a red rattle-trap over the top of the grass and rip it out when I feel it contact the grass. Better hang on.
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#1187885 - 02/18/09 11:34 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: mossyhorns300]
smstone22
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Tubes on a 1/4 oz lead head

Deep diving suspending Lucky Craft Jerkbaits

Black and Blue bitsy bug
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#1187939 - 02/18/09 12:04 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: smstone22]
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I like to dead stick (weightless) a 4 or 5 inch Senko in Green Pumkin / Watermelon on 10 lb. mono. 50 degree surface temp - SLOW ROLL them spinner bugs and toss them lucky craft jerk baits cover water... Dont be afraid of the wind or pre fontal conditions...
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#1188135 - 02/18/09 02:05 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Baxter83]
ShaneHallum
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I flip a jig most of the time.. ethier a crawfish color/ or black and blue.
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#1189948 - 02/19/09 09:41 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: ]
Oldschool
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Suspending jerk baits. The colder the water the slower the presentation.
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#1190520 - 02/19/09 02:01 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Oldschool]
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I like my flippin stick with a brown/pumpkin seed or black and blue jig.I like a throw a Rattle Trap also.
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#1190557 - 02/19/09 02:15 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Casey82]
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Tube lure and big suspending jerk bait. If they don't hit that, I go home.
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#1190902 - 02/19/09 04:16 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: Dr. Dickel
That is a loaded question to me for the most part, depends on the lake and water clarity. But, it is hard to go wrong with some form of jig and a smaller-profiled crankbait in that temp range. Once the water temp hits low to mid-50's in March though, it is hard to beat a jerkbait for the quality bite.

One of the best days I ever had, for numbers and size, was in late February, water temp was 42 degrees and it was snowing with 15-20 MPH winds. Caught them all on a lipless with a 7:1 ratio reel and still couldn't crank it fast enough. Another memorable trip was same month, still snowing, water temp 48 and whacked many pigs on a buzzbait and waking a spinnerbait on a flat that was less than 2 feet deep. On both of those trips, we had at least 10 fish over 5 pounds......it was pretty wild.

When you catch a good 3-5 days of 60 degree weather that time of year that makes the water temp rise 8-10 degrees and the females and bait start moving up and staging to get ready to spawn, it don't matter how cold it gets after that.....they are done committed to wait it out.

Does not hold true on gin-clear, highland lakes though.


It's always interesting to hear your input Doc. Thanks.

Last weekend we killed the 3-4 lb fish in knee deep water with water temp getting into the lower 50's. There were shad everywhere too, the birds were having hayday. I'm planning on going tommorrow. Are you saying that you think those fish will still be on those shallow flats adjacent to the creek channel? Even though the water temp is probably 45-46 degrees?

I'm dang sure gonna try 'em but I kinda figured they may have pulled back out a little bit.

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#1190909 - 02/19/09 04:23 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: username]
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Awesome info Doc. I've heard from several older guys in our club about buzzbaiting when it's snowing.

Keep me updated if you go out tomorrow, username.
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#1191044 - 02/19/09 05:34 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: mossyhorns300]
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Now mossy, you know you cant catch a bass on a crank in the snow....lol.
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#1191050 - 02/19/09 05:38 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: cdtac1]
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I know....That's why I said buzzbaiting! Speaking of cranking in the snow, I hear they're whacking em at Beech right now.
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#1191355 - 02/19/09 08:22 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: ]
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I'll be fishing Tims Ford this weekend. The smallmouth should be hitting good. Hopefully the clouds will hang around for a little while Sunday. I figure a jerk bait will be the best way to go this weekend.
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#1191614 - 02/19/09 09:49 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Baxter83]
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crankin 200 series bandits muddy water if you can find it.
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#1191615 - 02/19/09 09:50 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Dodgeball]
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jerkbait if water is clear.
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#1191739 - 02/19/09 11:04 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Baxter83]
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#1191803 - 02/20/09 12:01 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: ]
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I think I'm going to beech either sunday or monday. You welcome to come along mossy.
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#1191822 - 02/20/09 12:54 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: cdtac1]
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I cant wait to get out on Center Hill or Dale Hollow. Probably will next week if nothing important comes up in classes.
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#1192665 - 02/20/09 01:57 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: cdtac1]
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 Originally Posted By: cdtac1
I think I'm going to beech either sunday or monday. You welcome to come along mossy.


Can't go Monday. If you want to go Sunday, I'm game!! Call me when you get a chance.
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#1194900 - 02/22/09 09:05 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: mossyhorns300]
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rattle traps,caught some of my best this time of year on them
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#1194927 - 02/22/09 09:22 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: 8 Ball]
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 Originally Posted By: 8 Ball
tourney this weekend on Guntersville, and I've already got my rods tied up with 3 shades of red rattle baits and 1 jerk bait. Rattle baits entice reaction bites which will usually just about rip the rod out of your hands, and the jerk bait bite comes from rippin the bait a few feet and then letting it sit still anywhere from 10-30 seconds, this time of year can produce some serious lady hogs that have moved up into the staging period and are getting ready to spawn.



i agree with everything said above except on the color. i like to use silver with the blue back rattle traps. although im sure just about any color will work. let it fall and then crank the crap out of it. ive caught bass with that in rivers, lakes and farm ponds when nothing else works.
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#1196082 - 02/23/09 07:17 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: dcsoldier44]
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I throw a rubber skirted or hair jig and float-n-fly.
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#1196956 - 02/23/09 05:53 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: mossyhorns300]
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Rattletraps on the grass flats to get a reaction bite .
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