The cold water advantage (yes, there is one)


With the many hours of below freezing temperatures we are having, outside of the tough physical conditions it imposes on us, there is an advantage. Believe or not it’s not all bad - yes, it’s cold, yes, it’s physically demanding and it will probably slow what bite we had prior to the severe cold for some period-of-time. However, it’s not all bad!
There are a few advantages that we will see from these colder than usual temperatures. The first thing will be that the bass will group up in large schools of fish and when you find them they will compete for your lure. Bass are very much homers when the water temperature turns cold. Some of the best days I have ever had on this lake have been on the coldest of the winter days. In February of 2013 I had a guy catch three fish within 100 ft. of each other that weighed in at more than 34 lbs. All within a few minutes of the original bite. The fish were together and they competed for the lure. Because of that, my client benefitted from one of the coldest days on the water we had that year. In 2003 I found some fish on the edge of a creek with a guy that we, before it was all over, ended up with 30 fish over five lbs. that were all within less than a 100 ft. of each other. This action occurred within about an hour time-frame. That doesn’t count the numerous numbers we caught that were smaller fish. Both days occurred during a wintery cold spell in those time frames mentioned.
You can also count on some sizable shad kill caused by the extreme cold water. If this continues over the next few days there will be thousands of shad that will not survive the cold water. This will deplete the lake from a large amount of predator food for the bass and will cause them to be more aggressively feeding on artificial baits. Every year, in the past, that we have had big shad kills from extreme cold water we have seen some of the best March or pre-spawn fishing we have ever had. The bass are more aggressive, their fighting for a lack of shad as a food source and the fisherman will benefit with more bites and bigger numbers and sizes.
Captain Mike

Williams Animal Clinic

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