Learn more about three of the most effective cold water techniques and what rods work best with each application.
The Best Winter Bass Fishing Tips and Tricks
Don’t be fooled by the cold, fish will still strike in winter, but it takes a little more patience compared to the year’s warmer months. In cold water, fish tend to slow down and feed only at opportune times that won’t require to much energy to consume.
In other words, burning baits across the top of the water won’t cut it, but these top 3 cold water fishing techniques will help you get more bass bites!
1. Proven Cold Water Crankbait Techniques
You know how you feel waking up and trying to move in the dead of winter, well fish don’t feel much different. Lethargic and slow to eat anything, fish in cold water are looking more to conserve energy rather than exerting it to feed.
Working a crankbait successfully in cold water takes a different presentation to get strikes compared to fishing crankbaits in warmer water temperatures.
With that said, we all know you can still catch ‘em when it’s cold out and below are some simple crankbait tips to boost your winter bass numbers.
Find out more in our blog: Proven Cold Water Crankbait Fishing Techniques
2. Cold Water Jerkbait Tips
Keep in mind that fish are just as lazy and slow moving in the cold water as you are waking up in winter.
Although this cold snap is enough to keep some off the water, it is also a time when other anglers will switch up their tactics to catch jaw-dropping bags despite the weather. Often suspended near cover, bass can certainly be coaxed out for a bite if the lure has just enough snap to catch the attention of the bass, but not too much action to avoid scaring off these worthy strikes.
As water temperatures change, so does the behavior of the fish and in order to get more jerkbait bites, you need to change it up too!
Read more in our blog: Cold Water Jerkbait Tips for Bass Fishing
3. Winter Jigs: Tips to Boost the Bite
Picture how you feel when you wake up on a particularly cold winter day… you don’t want to get up, you barely want to move, and you definitely don’t want to work for a meal.
Well imagine how fish feel… and they’re swimming in it!
Lethargic and much slower to strike, fish in cold water aren’t looking to actively feed as much as looking for an opportunity at an easy meal. Since fish aren’t rushing to slam any lures in the cold, fishing jigs in winter takes a different presentation turn subtle strikes into successful hooksets.
Acknowledging that fish in cold water are trying to conserve energy more than aggressively swallow a meal, it’s important to choose the best jig for your specific fishing scenario.
Catch more in our blog: Winter Jigs-5 Tips to Boost the Bass Bite
Bonus Idea – Build Your Own Fishing Rod
Another great tip we can offer for cold water fishing is to build your own fishing rod suited for your application – and to your liking. It is much easier to get started than you think, and very affordable.
The best way to start is to get a turnkey kit, which includes everything you need to build your own custom bass fishing rod. Everything is perfectly sized and matched to make it super easy to build it yourself, so give it a try!