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One of the hottest tactics on the pro bass trail is working deep structure with jigworms, sometimes called shaky-head worming. Once it gets cold, largemouths favor steep rocky banks along the main body of the reservoir.
Trout, browns, brookies, & rainbows are coldwater species, so they like cold water and remain active under ice cover. One key to trout location in reservoirs and lakes is finding shallow flats (4 to 8 feet deep) with soft bottoms.
When water temperatures tumble below the low-40?F range, bass often move from mid-depth flats to more vertical structures. Fast-breaking edges allow bass to change depth easily, without traveling long distances.
Swimming lures designed to represent real baitfish are great wintertime baits. They tend to work best in clear water and specific spots, particularly during the changing light periods of dawn and dusk, when walleyes commonly feed during the winter period.
Smallmouths can winter deep in reservoirs, down to 50 feet or deeper. Wherever 50-foot flats exist, that's where they'll be - whether it's in a creek arm or the main reservoir. The classic approach is to find them with sonar and work them with jigging
Winter is a fantastic time to catch big lake trout through the ice. This type of fishing often requires mobility as it can take quite a bit of searching to find active lakers. They can roam main-lake basins where they suspend in the water column to feed on open-water baitfish.
On my favorite spinnerbait, I add a 3 or 4" Gulp! chartreuse grub to enhance the catch rate of this versatile lure. Give me a Berkley 7" Ribbontail worm in june bug color and I can catch bass any where they swim. The 4" Gulp! Sinking Minnow has become my favorite lure on a Carolina rig.
When fishing a new lake, pick one section of it and concentrate your efforts in that one area. By doing this you are able to fine-tune the subtleties from structure to techniques without spreading yourself too thin.
When fishing a strange lake, first concentrate on points. Next, look for any differences you can find on shoreline or structure. If you have lots of rocks, search out some brush, lots of logs, find a few stumps. Be sure to concentrate on any junction areas.
Steelhead make fall runs in certain tributaries to the Great Lakes. Their movement patterns and habitats change with river conditions. To start, look for runs and bends in a highly diversified area of the river. Start fishing from the bank, covering the water on the inside bend closest to you.