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Question by small game sportsman. Uploaded on November 04, 2012
For a retrieve, I would think The speed changes with the water temperature. I would guess WHAT the fish at eating would too and try and match that. Probably not a good time for frog or crawfish imitations.
However; The biggest Largemouth I every saw any one pull in, was through a hole under a foot of ice and 6 inches of snow on the ice. I had to be dark and cold under that ice. That bait I think was a live minnow.
Th upshot, I think it can be done, its just a whole lot harder.
Bass in my part of the country can be caught year round on soft plastic worms, spinners, and top water lures. When the water temps are very low, I like the texas rigged worm worked slow and deep at night. I prefer to use natural pork rind worms over soft plastic, but that is just what seems to work best for me. In the daytime, even on a very cold day, I have had good results on spinners and top water lures. I hardly ever mention deep diving lures, but there is a whole series of deep diving alphabet lures which I have used year round with a lot of good sucess. But as of lately, I have become very protective of my old alphabet lures because they were all given to me by Cotton Cordell and Jim Babley personally and have too much sentimental value to risk losing.
yes bass change positions pretty drastically here in wisconsin matching the correct bait and presentation throughout the year is crucial to catching big bass year round... i don't go after them through the ice though.
Santa said it better than I ever could regarding bass here in SW AL. My biggest bass was caught on a topwater on a cold, blustery February day---not the first category of lures you might expect for that kind of weather.
I would say that seasons definitely affect bait choice. They do so because of the change in prey items present, though. Like Rocky said, it's probably not a great time to use a frog. I've always had good luck with minnow imitating deep diving cranks in cold weather.
Yes, Good rule of thumb is the colder the water the slower the retrieve. As far as baits a jerkbait is a good choice in the fall.
Usually, on large lakes or reservoirs, it does.
Yes!!! The time of year has a huge factor in catching bass. Not only does the weather affect bass' aggressiveness, but it also affects where they will be located. If the bass are down at 30', you don't want to be throwing topwater baits! If you find what the bass are hitting on, match the depth that the fish are at, and change your retrieve speed to see what they are cuing in on, then you will catch fish all day!!!
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