ICE FISHING TIPS
DON'T FALL IN
Don't put your rods away, winter is one of the best times to catch a trophy fish. Preparation and knowing fish behavior will ensure that you are able to catch bass.
DRESS IN LAYERS
When it comes to keeping warm, dress in layers and bring extra clothing in case you get wet or fall in. Layering is the best way to stay warm all day. Start with a base layer of a thermal shirt, pants, and socks. On top of that, use a fleece jacket and shirt for your middle layer. This will provide the most breathability and ensure you stay as warm as possible. A good outer layer is a rainproof & windproof set of pants or a bib and jacket.
WAIT UNTIL YOU'RE AT YOUR SITE BEFORE COMPLETELY LAYERING UP
Top water & fast moving lures are out of the question. Bass have a slower metabolism in winter and therefore move slower, use less energy but still eat! Choosing the right lure is key to winter bass fishing. See our SHOP page for great options.
Moving them slowly along the bottom is your best chance at getting a lethargic bass to bite. Since sunlight doesn't penetrate the ice that great color is a personal preference.
Generally, anything green or brown, white or silver works well for imitating baitfish.
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WHERE ARE THE BASS
Two things to look for baitfish & deep water. Areas such as humps, artificial reefs, underwater islands, and long points are good places to look. The ideal locations will have deep and shallow water nearby. Bass tend to be deeper in the cold water however, they will move up and down to different depths in searching for food.
If you look at a topographical map or an electronic map card in your GPS or you're familiar with the body of water you'll know where to start looking.
SPOONS & BLADES
Metal baits such as spoons and blade baits are another great idea this time of year. The hard metal often outperforms everything else when the water is cold. They do a great job of imitating dying baitfish and are a key way to catch winter bass.
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AS ALWAYS HAVE FUN FISHING
Soft-plastic baits fished slowly on a drop-shot rig are another top choice in the winter. Fish these slower than you would other times of the year and experiment with both the size of bait as well as your leader length. Smaller baits are often better and adjusting your leader length based on how far the fish are setting off the bottom is a solid wintertime bass strategy.
See our SHOP page for great soft bait options from Yum Dingers to MinnowZ we have so many to choose from.