Trophy Bass Fishing Tips for Winter, with Fishing Video
Largemouth Bass Fishing
Largemouth bass fishing in December? Yep! Even trophy bass fishing can be done successfully in cold water in several parts of the United States. This recent bass fishing trip that I’m going to tell you about took place in South Georgia, which isn’t exactly like fishing in North Dakota, but it isn’t like bass fishing in Central Florida, either. Believe it or not, South Georgia does experience some cold weather in the winter months. In fact, during the past couple of weeks, the overnight temperatures dropped to the low twenties on most nights.
Today, just one week before Christmas, my 7-year-old grandson, Jonathan, along with his dad, Cory, took a bass fishing trip to a private pond, where they fished for about two hours. In that time, they hauled in 30 largemouth bass! Five weighed between 8 and 10 pounds, and the smallest bass weighed 2-3 pounds. Most of the bucketmouths weighed between 5 and 6 pounds. I think most bass fishermen would consider that trophy bass fishing.
How did they do it? I enjoy fishing for bass, myself, but I don’t do it nearly as often as Cory does. Also, most of the largemouth bass fishing I do is in warmer weather. I asked Cory the specifics of his largemouth bass fishing tips for cold water angling, and I’ll share them with you.
Cold water bass fishing tips – bait
Cory used a 7.5-inch YUM ribbontail plastic worm in a watermelon seed color. This soft plastic is green with tiny black “seeds” inside. Suspended jerk baits, rattle baits, and pig-n-jig baits are often very effective for cold water trophy bass fishing, but on this particular day, the bass wouldn’t hit anything except for the green YUM worm. The two anglers tried a number of different baits, including other colors of soft plastics, but the fish were extremely choosy.
Cory and Jonathan didn’t need to change baits, really. They started out with the green YUM worms and had immediate success. Cory just wanted to see what else the bass might hit, so he experimented with other typical cold-water bass baits for largemouth bass fishing.
Cold water bass fishing tips – strategy
Since fish are cold-blooded critters, their metabolisms are regulated by temperature. When cold weather creeps in, the bass become extremely sluggish. Their bodily functions slow down, and in fact, it might take them several days to digest a single baitfish. Obviously, they won’t have to feed nearly as often in cold weather.
In addition to their slow digestion, largemouths’ reaction time and movements slow way down, too. As a result, you’ll have to fish your bait slowly. Cold water bass won’t usually have the energy or the ability to chase fast-moving baits because their metabolisms are simply too slow. Patience is often the key to successful largemouth bass fishing in cold weather.
Cory and Jonathan were fishing in water that was semi-clear. All the fish were caught right off the bottom, in water that was around 10-12 feet deep. The anglers were fishing from shore. They cast out their baits to deep water and let them sit there a couple of seconds before making a retrieve. They’d give the worm a slow upward twitch, then allow it to sink back to the bottom before twitching it again.
Cold water bass fishing tips – when to fish
For trophy bass fishing in late fall or early winter, pay close attention to the weather. Look for a break in the cold temperatures, when the barometric pressure is dropping. You’ll usually have more luck if your bass fishing trips are scheduled when the temperature is rising instead of waiting for the temperatures to start dropping again.
As already mentioned, we’d just had several days of very cold weather. In the two days before this bass fishing trip, however, there had been a warming trend, with a low-pressure front moving in. Evidently, this warm front, along with the barometric change, signaled the bass to feed.
On this bass fishing trip, Cory and Jonathan fished from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. My daughter informed me that it was almost impossible to drag the fishermen away from the pond in time to attend the family Christmas party! Oh, and by the way, the day was cloudy, with misting rains.
Don’t wait until spring for trophy bass fishing!
If you’re cooped up next to the fire, dreaming of trophy bass fishing, you don’t have to wait for the warm weather of spring to do some serious bass fishing. Just time your bass fishing trips correctly, and remember to fish slowly. Maybe the YUM worms will work for you, too. If not, try suspended jerk baits, live minnows, and pig-n-jig bass fishing lures. Good luck with your bass fishing trips!
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