Where Do Bass Go During The Fall To Winter Transition? (And How To Catch Them)

Is the fishing getting tough on your lake? Are you struggling to find fish that will bite? As the water cools the Fall to Winter transition begins. Bass will seemingly vanish from areas that were productive all Fall and figuring out where they've gone can seem overwhelming. Don't worry, we know where they're going! And even better, we know how to catch them!

This transitional period signals the change from bass feeding heavily before Winter to a focus on Winter survival. Most bass will become lethargic, focusing on minimal movement. This lethargy requires them to find a location that has quick access to food, quick access to deep water, and enough cover to feel "comfortable" through the cold months. Now that you understand the components of a great Winter location, its time to look at a map of your lake.

Focus your time in 3 locations; Bluffs, Points, and Funnels. Bluffs, which are essentially very steep walls with instant deep water access will typically be found on the outside bend of a creek or river channel. Steep points that meet the criteria are typically the largest outside points on the main body of the lake. Funnels refers to anywhere the lake narrows down and "pinches", creating an area that current, fish, and other food will need to pass through.

Once you've found the areas, its time to focus on catching the fish. There are two methods to catching Winter bass. The first is to fool them into biting with realistic presentations that move slowly. A slow moving offering gives the bass time to examine the potential meal and choose to eat it. The second approach is to trigger a feed response with short bursts of movement. This approach is incredibly effective, even in the coldest of water, but must be combined with stationary periods to allow the fish to reach the lure. Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we have confidence in during the Fall to Winter Transition.

The Baits In Order Of Appearance...

-Damiki Vault Blade Bait 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2rnO7e2

(Real Shad, Holo Ayu, Black Holo)

-Blade Runner Duh Spoon 1 3/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG

(Morning Dawn, Electric Chicken, Shad)

-Lucky Craft Staysee 90 Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz

(Ghost Minnow, Crystal Pro Blue, Baitfish Silver)

-Megabass Vision 110+1 Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2iGYOCX

(GP Pro Blue, HT-Ito Tennessee Shad, M Shad)

-2.8 Keitech Fat Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad)

-Cool Baits "Down Under" Underspin 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2boS7QA

(Silver/Black, Silver Shad, Ol' Faithful)

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head 1/8 oz 1/0 hook: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

(Blue Shad, Gizzard Shad, Naked Shad)

-Finesse Football Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2d2apsm

(Super Matt Brown, Go To)

-Yamamoto 5" Double Tail Trailer: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p

(Green Pumpkin/Black Flake)

-Big Bite Baits Smallie Smasher Dropshot Worm: http://bit.ly/2ZpCOCY

(Green Pump/Purple, Smoke Purple Flake)

-Huddleston 8" Swimbait ROF 12: http://bit.ly/2azFTon

(Rainbow Trout, Hold Over, Hitch, Ayu)

-8" All American Trash Fish Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2hmXtg1

(Just Shad, LC Hitch, Rainbow Trout)

Favorite Jerkbait Combo (Great for Blades, and Small Swimbaits too)...

Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Budget Jerkbait Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Reel- Shimano SLX HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 12 lb Seaguar Red Label: http://bit.ly/2LOVEwA

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How To Locate Winter Bass + Fishing FAIL!

Winter fishing... where do you even start?!? These simple steps will help you locate fish and quickly find productive water. There is nothing worse than fishing and fishing without knowing if you're even around fish. We've got your covered! 

Bass will position in different locations and depths based on water temperature and weather. Most bass spend the Winter in deep water to insulate themselves from the cold surface temperatures. There are two circumstances that will draw fish out of the depths. Those circumstances rising water and warm afternoon sun. 

In this video we'll explain how the fish move, why they move, and what baits you can use to efficiently locate and catch Winter bass. 

The Baits that caught fish in this video...
7/16 Finesse Jig (Green Pumpkin Craw): http://bit.ly/2eJinXo
Yamamoto 5" Double Tail Grub (Green Pump/Blk Flake): http://bit.ly/2db9w1p

Owner Shakey UltraHead (3/16 oz): http://bit.ly/2iofJdg
Roboworm 6" Fat (Watermelon Magic): http://bit.ly/2awYSxM

Finesse Football Jig 5/8 oz (Go To): http://bit.ly/2d2apsm
Yamamoto 5" Double Tail Grub (Grn Pump prpl): http://bit.ly/2db9w1p

R2S Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz (I know it): http://bit.ly/2diSwqq
Keitech Fat Swing Impact 4.8 (Pro Blue): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Jack Hammer Chatterbait (Green Shad): http://bit.ly/2popvj6
Keitech Fat Swing Impact 4.3 (French Pearl): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Huddleston Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2nztmdj

Rod/Reel Combos that work great for these presentations...

Finesse Jig/Spinnerbait/Shakey Head Setup...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Budget friendly Option for Jig/Spinnerbait/Shakeyhead...
Rod- Shimano Curado 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2gUWTft
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Braid- 30 lb MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Big Swimbait Combo...
Dobyns Champion 807: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX
Calcutta 400B: http://bit.ly/2b6NX0d
Line- 80 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Frog Fishing Challenge - Cold Water!

Rain and Snow? No problem! Matt goes frog fishing in cold water to see if he can get the bass to bite. Jump on the boat with him and see how it goes! 

Matt is walking a frog in open water around tullies and grass hoping to coax an early season frog fish. He gets two big blow ups but isn't able to connect on either of them. Luckily he saves the day with the underspin and swimbait combination. Obviously frog fishing is best during the warm summer months but you can't help but try it in the early Spring! 

Gear Used In This Video...

Bully Wa 2 Frog (Dirty White, Ghost, Little John): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a

Rod- Dobyns 746: http://bit.ly/2ab2kRX
Reel- Curado 200I: http://bit.ly/2acRpsK
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Owner Flashy Swimmer Underspin: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7
Keitech 4.8 Fat Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Rod- Shimano Exage 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2mGp1Vc
Reel- Citica: http://bit.ly/2dWFHA4
Line- 40 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Winter Bass Fishing: Focus on the Extremes

Winter may be tough fishing but its prime time to catch giant bass! Don't let the cold temperatures and tough fishing fool you, this is one of your best shots at the fish of a lifetime and you should absolutely be on the water. 

This isn't the time to be exploring new baits or trying to build confidence. During the cold water months you should be focused on a handful of confidence baits so you know that you're doing the right things, even when you aren't getting bit. If you stick to your game plan the time will come that you cross paths with a truly giant bass!

Baits that we recommend during the cold Winter months...

Big Baits:

-7" Basstrix

-8" Trash Fish

-Owner Beast Hook