Bass fishing can be good in the winter

By Don Ingram
   The angler wishing to catch a huge largemouth bass in the 6 pound and up range has the best opportunity during the months of January, February and March. The chances are greater because the majority of big largemouth are primarily positioned in water 10 feet deep or less.
   Watch the weather and plan your trips after there has been an abundance of rain. Any fluctuation in the level of a reservoir will migrate bass to the back of the creeks and main lake pockets.
   As bass begin to migrate from deep water to shallow areas in early spring, flipping or pitching is an excellent technique to catch huge springtime bass. I use a 7’6 heavy action G-Loomis GLX flipping rod specifically designed for pitching rigged with a Shimano reel and 25 pound P-Line CXX line.
   The primary lures I use are a 3/8 or 1/2 Lunker Lure Ultimate jig tipped with a Prowler Pro chunk. Brushhogs, Creatures, Bacon Rinds, and Craw Worms are also excellent plastic lures to Texas rig and flip into heavy cover.
   I generally let the water color determine the type of line I use. If the water is stained, I use 25lb P-Line extra strong line. If the water is clear, I use 20lb P-Line Flourocarbon line. In all clear water situations I use Flourocarbon line. The line is virtually invisible in the water and will increase the number of bites per day an angler receives.
   Key areas to concentrate your fishing efforts are 45 degree banks running from the river and creek channels toward the flats. Bass will migrate from the safety of the river and creek channels up the 45 degree banks toward the gravel areas. Cover such as treetops, stumps, and brush piles located along the 45 degree banks are prime areas to flip a jig or Prowler creature.
   Banks with cover are prime locations, but not an absolute necessity. Some of the best 45 degree banks may not have any cover other than chunky rocks. Rocks absorbed sunlight and give off heat, which in turn warms the water surrounding the rock. Bass are drawn to warmer water during the spring months.
   The only way to determine which banks produce the most bites or biggest largemouth are through trial and error.
   If you see a red and white Skeeter FX 21 with a Yamaha 250 four stroke motor flipping a 45 degree bank in January, February, or March, you can bet I am catching some big largemouth.

   Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article titled “Outdoors with Don Ingram” that is printed in various publications throughout Kentucky. He is a two-time All-American qualifier. Don has been very successful competing in tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous outdoor television programs like, “Kentucky Afield,” Walmart’s “Great Outdoors,” and “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” aired on the Outdoor Life Network and the Outdoor Channel. Don is a Pro Staffer for the following companies: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Shimano G-Loomis Rods, Bandit Bait Company, Prowler Soft Plastics, Mustad, Optima Batteries, Lunker Lure, and P-Line.

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