FALL AND EARLY WINTER BASSIN’
by Jim Porter
I’m not sure there is a better time of year for fishing than Fall. And, so long as Old Man Winter doesn’t come on too strong too early, early Winter is pretty good angling. It is also a beautiful time of year to be outside in Mother Nature’s domain.
Actually, the fish will cooperate, even in the cold weather. It is the fishermen who get all stoved up with numb fingers and toes, ice in the rod guides, and sleet all over the boat that make the Winter fishing tough.
Over these many years and seasons of trying to catch those green fish, we have managed to come up with some theories and approaches to the Fall and Winter seasons.
Below are some selected readings that may be of help as we move into the cool and cold seasons. Within in these articles, there are three very important topics that are stressed and repeated:
And, for those who may come south for some of our Florida trophy bass, I have included a piece on shiner fishing. It sure works great when the waters get cold, Brian Walker demonstrates here.
- A BIG factor is that the angler must retain a positive mindset, especially when it gets cold and uncomfortable out there on the water.
- The fish CAN be caught. But, like all other seasons, you must FIND him first. That can be the hardest part. So ‘seasonal location’ and the proper ‘seasonal structure’ become important topics.
- The metabolism of a cold-blooded fish slows considerably as the waters get cold, reducing his need to eat as much. So, we have to tempt or goad him to strike a lure. Smaller lures start to come into their own. Lure selection, then, becomes a major issue.
Click on the links, take a look through the material and get a jump on fishing success for Fall and Winter.
THE SUMMER-FALL-WINTER TRANSITION
LATE FALL/WINTER LOCATIONS AND LURES
ADDRESSING STRUCTURE AND MARKING YOUR FISH
IT'S SHINER TIME
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