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Old 10-01-2012, 11:03 AM
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so do any of you guys fish for LM or SM in the winter months? ive become so addicted to flyfishing that i think ill be pursuing the majority of the time now. i will only stop to put some venison in the freezer but thats it! if you have any tips for winter bassin' please let me know
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:31 AM
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so do any of you guys fish for LM or SM in the winter months? ive become so addicted to flyfishing that i think ill be pursuing the majority of the time now. i will only stop to put some venison in the freezer but thats it! if you have any tips for winter bassin' please let me know
I fish them straight through the winter most seasons. Best advise I can give you is weighted flies and slooowwww doooowwwnnn your retrieve.
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....... first thing..... cut a big hole in the ice
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Almost forgot, late afternoons work best. In my neck of the woods the NW corner of our lakes get the most sunlight and usually produce more fish in the winter months.
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yeah being in alabama we dont have real cold winters but still it gets cold here. another thing i have noticed, it seems as if the fish are not in the creeks around my house like they are in the spring and summer...im guessing they head to the river for deeper water??
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yeah being in alabama we dont have real cold winters but still it gets cold here. another thing i have noticed, it seems as if the fish are not in the creeks around my house like they are in the spring and summer...im guessing they head to the river for deeper water??
I don't think they look for deeper water, I believe they are just less active. I don't think Bass call shallow water home, it's just a feeding area. When water temps drop they become sluggish and don't travel as much looking for food.
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i should have stated that by shallow, i meant 4ft. or so. the creek by my house has a few deep pools of 8-9 ft. but everywhere else until it enters the river is in the 4ft. range with normal precip.
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I have never FF smallmouth in the creek in winter but I have done some spinning for them. Slow is correct but I feel that location is more critical and they are much harder to find. Winter holding areas are much different. I really like undercuts in slow water and they hold very tight. If you miss the target by over 6" your chances are quite reduced. I found that they also tend to group up very tite and if you catch one there are several others there too. I have stood in one spot and caught a half a dozen or more from one small little area. Just my experience!!!
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Slow and smallish, bead head, marabou streamers fished nearly motionless under a strike indicator. Deadly! You'll pick up big crappie and bluegill also. Best results seem to be in the pm hours after noon, although they'll hit all day. Also I fish it right off the bottom or off vertical structure at various levels. Best pattern I've found is my BS Fly, a size 4-10, 2X long straight eyed, streamer tied with a large copper bead, dark peacock Estaz body, a dark olive marabou wing and tail, with a bit of orange or yellow marabou as a throat. I tied it as a Bluegill/Sunfish fry fly, hence BS Fly, specifically for Crappie but it takes everything especially Bass. Look at my avatar/signature picture and that's to remind me to match the hatch when fishing streamers. Some ponds, lakes, etc have predominately one or two species that the fish really like and whether it's a brightly colored native minnow or something such as matching fish fry, or a crayfish, it pays big dividends.
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I have the luxury of a couple of warmwater discharges that stay pretty warm throughout the year. In general though, if the water isn't frozen, I fish it.

As others have said, you need to slow it waaaaaay down. I like to throw things that suspend or have a slow sink to them. It's all about making a meal look as easy as can be. They want the most food for the absolute least amount of effort.
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