How Can I Catch Bass in the Cold Cold Winter?

How Can I Catch Bass in the Cold Cold Winter?
Bass are less active during winter months when temperatures are low; however, slow reactivity doesn't necessarily equate to fewer strikes. Using rigs and cast-and-retrieval techniques designed specifically for winter applications, you can catch your favorite bass species. From the largemouth bass to the striped bass, you can find the best spots to find bass in cold, cold weather.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Reel
  • Fishing line
  • Bait
  • Hook
  • Bobber
Step 1
Set up your fishing line(s) in shallow waters. Find low tides below a bridge or a dam, where white bass are more prone to swim. Other optimum spots include canopied streams and covered waters.
Step 2
Rig your reel with a small 1/8-oz. white or yellow jig or a small minnow. Hook the minnow through both lips to secure the hold. Attach a bobber so you can monitor strikes at the bottom. Not all strikes will result in a great deal of activity, so watch your line closely.
Step 3
Cast your line using the dead-drift technique. After you cast your line, allow it to drift along the bottom. Watch your bobber for a strike.
Step 4
Retrieve your line, which must be slower during winter months when bass are less active. Once the bass strikes your bait, wait several seconds before you hook the fish. Retrieving your fishing line too soon could cause water disturbance and scare off anxious bass.
Step 5
Hook your catch. Once you feel a bass holding your bait, lower the tip of your rod toward the fish. Reel in a few inches of line, but stop short of the point of feeling resistance in the line. In one strong sweeping motion, whisk your rod horizontally, away from the fish. Bass are slow to react in winter months so you'll need to hook the fish fast.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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