There appears to be very little interest in this type of information on this board. This takes lots of time to post all the calendar periods and with no interest, why continue the effort.
I have decided to post the "Winter cold water period" as it may be appropriate for the majority of bass fisherman on this board at this time. Sometimes it is difficult to ask a question that you do not already have a answer for and just looking for support. I do not have all the answers and that is the purpose of this type of forum, to get everyone involved. You do not need to believe in what I post to ask a question about it. It may also seem like I'm from mars because of some of my opinions and view points differ from the mainstream. We all have different opinions and sharing experiences can be applied as you see fit. After this post, I will take your advice and try to answer questions that are posted.imonembad said:I'm guessing people who want information will ask for it.
Old School, you post any dan thing you want to. Even when I don't post a response, I learn at least a little bit. My confidence lures in pre-spawn are jerkbaits, from hard to soft as the water warms. Jigs are for the frequent cold fronts in early spring, and spinnerbaits are best around wood on the warmer days. I am planning to try my lobina lure swimbait in the same areas as the spinner this spring, and the drop shot on days where the jerkbait bite is slow.oldschool said:There appears to be very little interest in this type of information on this board. This takes lots of time to post all the calendar periods and with no interest, why continue the effort.
Take a look at Don Iovino's book: http;//www.iovino.com/donbook.htmOTTER said:Jim and Tom, keep the info comming. I am making notes, copies and anything else I can do to become better at this sport I love so much. I read Jim's old post on electronics last week and it really has helped me understand what I'm seeing. To be honest, I had no idea of how to use the darn thing and by the time I get to go again, I will have studied it until I can actually use it to catch more fish. The resources on this site, as well as the friendly chit chat is why this site is #1 in my book ! Teach on brothers, its appreciated.
Jim's reply is very good information as usual. My experience with rivers is limited. In-Fisherman published a very detailed report on rivers and I can copy the sections applying to bass and send it via email if you post your address to the message board, as soon as I get a chance to locate it. What type of bass are you targeting; Smallmouth, Spots or Largemouth? Largemouth tend to seek slower moving current, wing dam breaks, oxbow lakes and heavy cover. Spots and smallies tend to be more active in the current, holding on objects that provide breaks, similar to how trout sets up to ambush prey that the current brings to them. Water temperature still governs the basses life cycle in the river and they stage near spawning areas, just in smaller more compact areas where the current or sudden depth changes does not affect the nest sites. Weather conditions are more dramatic to river bass as storms change their ecosystem, water clarity, water levels, current speed etc. Ambush sites are he primary holding and feeding zones for river bass, therefore light conditions are very important to help camouflage the bass. Low light is better than bright light and following a cold front the light is most intense, so the bass will position themselves in the darkest ambush sites available. Prey is crawdads and smaller baitfish then you would see in a lake or reservoir and reaction bites are faster because the strike zone is reduced as the bass generally stay close to cover. Down size the lures and use baits like, buzzers,spinners, spinner baits, jigs,Texas rigged worms, crank baits that tend to look like crawdads or darker color baitfish.rick said:hey new to this sight and seems like a good one but if anybody could help me with a problem that I have and that is locating bass consistently anyway on my home river system and when I say river I mean river 50 feet wide and good current some small shallow bayous spaced out with laydowns all up and down the banks I do a lot of fishing there and catch some nice fish but don't understand the patterns and movements of these river bass with every spot looking good and the river bottom being pretty much the same (mud and flat) what do they do during cold fronts,High pressure,warm water,low water (5 feet normal depth),high watersunny,cloudy ect,, all info would be helpfull thank you
ps .spring summer and fall patterns would be helpfull also