As you make that first cast of the morning, your face still stings from what felt like Arctic temperatures during the run to your fishing spot. Your fingers are still numb even though you were wearing gloves while driving the boat, and, due to your numb fingers, the reel over-runs as your cast settles on the water. Your mind starts to wander and you find yourself thinking about home, a warm bed and catching a couple more hours of sleep. Then maybe sitting on your couch watching “the NFL game of the week” while feasting on some of your favorite comfort food while enjoying your favorite beverage.
You are suddenly reminded of the task at hand by a subtle but definite “tap” on your line and as you try to regain focus again, you begin to wonder whether or not you really felt it. You whip the rod back and feel the pressure of a fish surging and suddenly, the weather isn’t so bad, your fingers have feeling and your face feels warm from the sun that is shining down on it. Even the water feels good as you lip the bass that had inhaled your jig. Winter isn’t so bad after all!
Winter is often considered one of the toughest times of the year to find and catch bass, and for good reason, the bass’ metabolism has slowed way down so they do not feed as often. They typically bunch-up this time of year so locating them is a little tougher, and the cold weather is more uncomfortable for us, making it harder to focus on the details that can bring success. Yeah, it would seem that the odds have been stacked against us, but for those that give it the effort, wintertime fishing can be some of the most rewarding of the year. Not only can you catch fish but you will likely have the lake to yourself, a rarity these days!