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#1187378 - 02/18/09 08:17 AM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: tophat]
J Hartman
6 Point

Registered: 07/24/07
Posts: 787
Loc: Spring Hill, Maury, TN

 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]
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Registered: 09/08/02
Posts: 2738
Loc: Chattanooga, TN

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]
10 Point

Registered: 12/15/04
Posts: 3971
Loc: memphis, tn & savannah, tn

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]
16 Point

Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 16954
Loc: Allardt, TN

Tubes on a 1/4 oz lead head

Deep diving suspending Lucky Craft Jerkbaits

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#1187939 - 02/18/09 12:04 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: smstone22]
8 Point

Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 1357
Loc: Clarksvegas

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]
Good ol' Boys
16 Point

Registered: 08/30/08
Posts: 11466
Loc: Belk Tennessee

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: ]
4 Point

Registered: 02/14/08
Posts: 159
Loc: East TN

Suspending jerk baits. The colder the water the slower the presentation.
#1190520 - 02/19/09 02:01 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Oldschool]
4 Point

Registered: 08/22/07
Posts: 264
Loc: Lascassas,Tn

I like my flippin stick with a brown/pumpkin seed or black and blue jig.I like a throw a Rattle Trap also.
#1190557 - 02/19/09 02:15 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Casey82]

Registered: 08/31/02
Posts: 42314
Loc: Lebanon,TN USA

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: ]
10 Point

Registered: 05/08/02
Posts: 4103
Loc: Williamson County

 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 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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