Hard rocky bottoms

As we get into the best of the winter fishing, the one thing that becomes very evident is the need to find hard cover, rocky bottom structure, and vertical structure. One typical area that comes to mind, and is common in all lakes, is bridges. Bridge fishing is a common community hole - but there is a reason it’s called a community hole; it holds bass and lots of them. So yes, it gets pressure, but this time of year it’s a confidence place for the weekend angler.  
One important thing to remember is the fact that during winter fishing the bass generally feed sporadically in short 15 to 30-minute time frames, so you cannot get discouraged and move on quickly, you need to give the bass time to get into their daily routine. Many times, that routine is not what you expect and by picking up and moving on before the bass get a chance to find their feeding time can cost you fish. Be patient; use the depth of the concrete bridge supports for the vertical bites, find the bait for the reaction bite and change baits occasionally to give the bass a variety of presentations. Winter can be a time of year that many adjustments need to be made to the bait your presenting; sometimes it’s color, sometimes it’s size (as in profile), and many times it’s just how you’re working the bait. Don’t get stuck in your past ways if the bite isn’t there; try something different whether it be in how you reel it, drop it, size, or even color. All of these can influence winter fish.
Some baits that impress me during the cold winter months around this bridge structure start with an Alabama-rig. Although this can be a tough physical challenge, it catches fish. An Alabama-rig entices bass as it presents that “school of bait” look to feeding bass. I also like jigging spoons in the cold of winter. Around bridges it’s killer bait; the flash and side to side movement of jigging a big flashy spoon over the top of their heads is irresistible. Lastly, let a Carolina-rig pull horizontally, along the bottom, for those bottom-hugging bass that are looking for a lethargic, easy, meal.  
Bridges, along with cold water, are a natural rocky-bottom habitat that you can benefit from!

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