Fish are Cool, Happy and Hungry
Winter Bass Fishing Patterns
Our recent trip yielded numbers of 10-15 Bass, all being in the average 2-3 pound range. Large Crankbaits have been effective at getting colder fish fired up and eating. I've been throwing the KVD 6xd deep diving Crankbait in water depths of 14-17 feet. As the day warms, shallow water moving baits have been very effective. Chatterbaits in a shad pattern with a swimming trailer on the back has been my go to. Cooler temperatures also help to clean up the water by killing off some of the lake algae blooms that happen during our summer months. It has been incredible to watch Largemouth Bass coming out of shallow grass flats to eat our lures! Like always, the Bass have continued to school up on wind blown, main lake points. Winter fishing allows for full day trips because the fish are much more active than they are during our summer. Colder water has more oxygen in it, and this helps make the Bass very active. Mid to late day trips have been the most popular bookings, and I expect these cooler conditions to keep improving the fishing!
Written by Captain Austin Keaton