Just because the snow has started to roll in and the days are getting shorter, that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up your bass fishing gear.
In fact, winter bass fishing is some of the best fishing you’ll do all year – and best yet, you won’t have to fend off other angry bass anglers to get to your favorite spot, either.
To prepare for success this winter, consider these winter bass fishing tips – and start planning your next adventure.
Where to Find Bass in the Winter
In the winter, bass are going to be headed out into deeper water. Of course, the word “deep” is all relative when you take into consideration the depth of the body of water you are fishing in.
As a general rule of thumb, you will want to look for the spot that is the deepest spot of any fishing area.
Now, for some bodies of water, that might mean 13 or 14 feet. For others, it could easily mean 100. This will depend on the depth and contours of the lake or pond.
By looking at a top quality ice flasher or topographical map, you’ll be able to find locations where baitfish tend to hide.
This, of course, will also be a good place to locate bass. Bass tend to hang out deeper at this time of the year, but they’ll move up and down around humps, underwater islands, and long points.
You should also pay attention to changes in depth. Bass aren’t going to move hundreds of yards up a taper to feed. Instead, they’re more likely to move up and down in the water column. In doing this, they’ll likely be taking advantage of their shorter feeding windows.
To find bass, you may want to look for creek channel swings.