Re: Winter Smallmouth
My brother lives about 60 miles North of where I fish. He fished at water temp of around 49 and got a few bumps but caught none. When I fished at 41 or 42 degrees I saw almost no aquatic life a few itsy bitysy minnows in the shallows areas over flat rock which I bet was much warmer. They were not real energetic. When I fished at 49 degree water many more minnows much livelier even a few crayfish (albeit very slow ones). I also fish a river south of here that is almost 10 degrees warmer water temp. lots of aquatic activity.
I guess there is no real way to determine the individual effect of day length and water temp. Still be interesting to see if we start catching at about the same water temps or day.