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):
Yamamoto 5" Double Tail Grub (Green Pump/Blk Flake):

Owner Shakey UltraHead (3/16 oz):
Roboworm 6" Fat (Watermelon Magic):

Finesse Football Jig 5/8 oz (Go To):
Yamamoto 5" Double Tail Grub (Grn Pump prpl):

R2S Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz (I know it):
Keitech Fat Swing Impact 4.8 (Pro Blue):

Jack Hammer Chatterbait (Green Shad):
Keitech Fat Swing Impact 4.3 (French Pearl):

Huddleston Swimbait:

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

Finesse Jig/Spinnerbait/Shakey Head Setup...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

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

Big Swimbait Combo...
Dobyns Champion 807:
Calcutta 400B:
Line- 80 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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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):

Rod- Dobyns 746:
Reel- Curado 200I:
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832:

Owner Flashy Swimmer Underspin:
Keitech 4.8 Fat Swimbait:

Rod- Shimano Exage 7'2" Heavy:
Reel- Citica:
Line- 40 lb Sufix 832 Braid:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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

Cold Water Swimbait Fishing

Late last night I received a video from a member of the Tacticalbassin community. He sent it as a follow up to “Swimbaits Part 6″. He wanted to further show the power of swimbaits on small fish. You may recognize Ryan from previous videos as he contributes to the site on a fairly regular basis.

What makes this video unique is both the size of fish (fairly small) and the water temperature in which the fish were being caught. As you’ll see he was able to produce a small limit of fish very quickly using an Osprey Swimbait on a high-speed retrieve in 44 degree water. Yes, you read that right… 44 degree water thanks to snow runoff. So for those of you in the Northern states, this ones for you:

For those of you who are curious about the bait he is using, its an Osprey 6″ Tournament Talon Swimbait. The specific color appears to be Chartreuse Shad though I’m sure he could have done it with a wide range of colors. Here is a link to the baits direct from tacklewarehouse: Osprey Tournament Talon

I hope you understand the importance of this video. These fish were caught in very similar conditions to lakes around the entire Northern half of the United States. The water was cold, the fish were small, and Ryan wasn’t trying to imitate a trout. This can translate to nearly any body of water, you can make these baits work for you.
Last but not least, as a disclaimer… I too use the Osprey from time to time. Believe me, it will produce giant bass as well as dinks so don’t feel like you don’t have a shot at a big bass. On my boat this bait has produced fish under 2 lbs and fish over 10 lbs in the last two years.