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#1190868 - 02/19/09 03:58 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Rackseeker]
Dr. Dickel
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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.
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#1190902 - 02/19/09 04:16 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Dr. Dickel]
username
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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]
mossyhorns300
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Registered: 12/15/04
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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]
cdtac1
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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]
mossyhorns300
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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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#1191258 - 02/19/09 07:26 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: username]
Dr. Dickel
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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.
In a stained-water lake, you bet. The fish you were catching were up feeding on bait that had moved to the shallow bank that was warming. Those bass followed them to feed, not stage. Any isolated structure or subtle depth change on a secondary point on that flat is where those fish will stage. They will school up tighter on those areas and feed just as good as the bait should be there too now. They will be close by, they will not usually retreat back to 25-30 feet of water in the creek or river channels like they were before they made that initial move shallow.
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#1191355 - 02/19/09 08:22 PM Re: Cold water bass fishing [Re: Dr. Dickel]
Rackseeker
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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]
dp2
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Dynamite! \:D
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