Q: Does it ever get to cold to catch bass? Can you give me some tips on how to stay warm while fishing during the winter?
A: It’s never too cold! Although colder temperatures may slow their metabolism, Bass still have to eat at some point. On those really cold days it’s often difficult to remember that the environment their in is actually warmer than the one we are in. Their are places (Table Rock Lake and Lake Martin come to mind) where, if it’s cold and snowing the fish often bite the best! While fishing in these conditions it’s important to be as comfortable as possible. I know you’ve heard this before but layering your clothing is key. I start with a good pair of boots and warm wool socks. Long Johns work but I prefer the Fleece pull over pants over my Jeans and then my rain pants. The rain pants help to break the winds effect. A good turtle neck and then layers under a good Fleece lined Jacket will keep your upper body warm. On those really cold days I will add a,” Fleece Gator”(used in Snow Skiing) around my neck. A Hoodie or Ski Cap is a must. I recommend a heavy pair of gloves to use while running from spot to spot and a lighter pair to wear while fishing. Don’t forget to bring several pair of the lighter gloves in case they get wet while landing fish. Being properly clothed and mentally prepared to endure the conditions can often provide some of the best days on the water! Remember, everyday on the water is an educational experience.
PAA & BASS Professional