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Winter fly fishing for Bass???

2011/12/23 1:38
From West of Reading
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The weather this weekend will be in the high 40's with what looks like plenty of sunshine! If this holds out, will it warm up the water enough to get Bass active??? Is it even woth it for me to even bother??? Help!

Posted on: 2012/1/27 1:43

Re: Winter fly fishing for Bass???
2006/9/9 17:32
From Gettysburg
Posts: 439
I'm an avid bass guy but don't bother much with them in winter.

They're catchable under certain conditions (had a big SMB chase a muskie streamer a couple weeks ago on a river with iced over tribs) but its especially tough with a fly rod. Ice fishermen on lakes catch 'em from time to time. Generally speaking, winter SMBs are in the deepest, slowest, sections of medium to large rivers. They'll lay inactive on the bottom for weeks at a time. If water temps rise for a few days they will eat. The magic number, in my experience, for river SMBs is 42 degrees. My guess would be, with the recent snow melt, that most rivers are lower than that. If you know of a slow, deep, shoreline eddy where you can fly cast, it's worth a try. Wait for a sunny afternoon and fish a streamer low and slow. You might have a pleasant surprise.

Posted on: 2012/1/27 7:41

Re: Winter fly fishing for Bass???

2011/12/25 18:16
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Fish idiot is right, i too am an avid smallmouth and warmwater fly fisher. I don't mess with them in the winter. I don't start fishing for them until about mid april. If you are looking to do some river fishing pike musky and walleye are all winter biters and will take slow streamers.

Posted on: 2012/1/29 20:38

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