Winter Bass Fishing from Shore [Tips & Techniques]

Winter Bass Fishing from Shore

Fishing during winter can be hard and often unsuccessful.

Many fish species reduce their activity and no matter how hard you try, it is almost impossible to get them.

Despite this fact, a lot of anglers still enjoy winter fishing. Some species can be caught, if you adjust your approach.

One of the popular winter fishing activities is winter bass fishing from shore ...

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Where do Bass Hang Out in the Winter?

Before you even try to catch a bass in winter, you must know where to find them.

There is no simple answer to this question, and it all depends on a body of water you are fishing at.

If the lake or a pond lacks bottom features, and it is flat, bass will often go into the hollows.

These are deeper locations ...

Waters like this are often shallow, so by going to the deeper area, bass will protect itself from abrupt temperature changes which usually occur in the shallower parts.

In smaller lakes or ponds, the deepest part is frequently in the middle.

For those practicing winter bass fishing from shore this can be a bit tricky, because the fish is further away.

Locations like this may not be the best choice for wintertime angling.

At this time, bass won’t be very interested in covers and you won’t find it in the usual locations.

Another possibility is to search for bass around rocks.

This is possible in bodies of water which have versatile features along the bottom.

Bass will often spend time around deep rocks which hold baitfish.

In those deeper areas, the water temperature is more or less constant.

On warm and sunny winter days, bass could even show up on the surface.

And the third place where you should search for bass is around vertical structures, like docks. These provide depth and cover.

To locate bass, you should get to know your local waters.

No one can tell you the exact spot and you will have to try it for yourself.

If you have a fish finder, it will be a lot easier. Here you can check how does a fish finder work.

Can you Catch Bass on Topwater in Winter?

As already mentioned, bass tend to spend time in deeper water ...

But there are certain instances when bass will come to the surface.

Winter bass fishing techniques are a bit different than those in warmer months.

In my opinion, using topwater lures will most often bring nothing but disappointment.

Bass is slow in winter, so using fast moving and topwater lures which should trigger the bass fast bite reaction are not the best choice.

There are some rare situations where you could have some success.

During unusually warm and sunny winter day, bass can come to the surface, and they could bite your topwater lure. However, this is rare.

Mostly, bass won’t get near the top water layer and you will lose precious time by trying something which is more suitable for warmer seasons.

But, as an angler, you know that every location is different, and if winters in your area are not very cold, you could have some luck using topwater lures.

There are far better winter bass fishing lures, and those are going to be listed in the following chapter.

When the temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Farenheit), topwater lures, frequently used during fall, should be replaced with other ones.

When the winter is over, and bass start to feed more actively and close to surface, you can use them again.

What Lures to Use for Winter Bass Fishing from Shore?

Winter bass fishing lures have to be chosen in accordance with bass feeding behavior.

Fast ones which require bass to make sudden, fast, and long movements, are not the best choice.

/// Here you can find the best baits and lures for bass fishing. ///

To provoke a bite in winter, try to use one of the following lures:

Tube jigs

Tube jigs are great for winter bass fishing from shore.

There are good to be used around vegetation. Erratic but not to fast movement along the bottom will provoke a bite.

Drag it along bottom, make small hops but make sure you add longer resting periods on the bottom between movements.

Artificial baitfish

Bass in winter is slow, but it still feeds on available baitfish species. Crawfish is one of them.

Try to present bass a natural looking imitation of baitfish.

Choose those which are the same color like those living in your local waters. It can be crawfish, panfish, or any other specie.

Blade baits

Blade baits are great for vertical fishing.

You can use them in a way to allow them to hit the bottom in the area where bass is and then pulling them up and letting them fall again.

Bites usually occur during falling. Blades will trigger hungry bass in the close proximity. Fluttering will make vibrations and reflect a bit of light.

Curly tail grup on a jig head

These are among the best lures to be used when practicing winter bass fishing techniques.

Use them in areas with steep rocky formations, which are positioned on a 45°angle.

In these locations, bass can go deeper or shallower without using to much energy, as it can just follow the bottom slope.

Always have a few different lures available and change on the spot if necessary.

What are Essential Clothing Items for Winter Bass Fishing from Shore?

For winter bass fishing from shore you will have to use appropriate clothing.

Weather in winter is cold, often unpredictable, and you have to protect yourself from possible frostbites.

Three layers of clothes

When it comes to winter bass fishing clothing, layers are mandatory.

You will not need the same items as you would need for ice fishing, but you still have to stay warm and protected.

The first layer should be from breathable and fast drying material, so that the sweat can evaporate and you stay dry.

Second layer can be made from fleece or similar material, and it will provide warmth.

Outer layer should be windproof and waterproof.

Wind is a problem in winter and you could easily cool down too much. And don't forget warm socks to protect your feet.

Gloves, hat, facemask

Your head and face have to be protected from cold air and wind.

Use a warm hat and a warm, fleece, facemask.

If something seems to warm, you can always take it of, but if you are cold and have nothing to use to get warm, you will have a problem.

When it comes to gloves, you can have any kind which is warm, but if you can, use the ones which will protect you from wind and water too.

There are special angling gloves available on the market with small holes on the fingers which you can use to tie knots and do similar tasks without taking them off.

Waterproof boots

Having a good pair of boots is essential.

You could accidentally step into the water and they have to be waterproof.

Having wet feet is dangerous.

Additionally, these boots have to be warm, have anti-skid properties and of course, have to be comfortable.

Spare clothing

Don’t be lazy and take an extra set of clothes.

It does not have to be 3 layers, but something to put on yourself in case of an accident.

You could slip and end up in the water, or a sudden rain could appear. Staying warm is possible only if you are dry.

How to Catch BIG Bass in the Winter? Other Tips & Techniques!

Here, I will list a few more winter bass fishing tips, that should help you catch a big bass.

Avoid currents

Slow bass will conserve as much energy as possible.

You will never find bass in currents as that would mean that energy has to be used. Fishing in a current will not end with a good result.

Search for big bass near rocks

Bass continue to feed in winter, and they feed on small baitfish (like minnow).

These small fish species often hide deep around rocks, and the biggest bass will usually be on a prime feeding location, which is around rocks.

So, if you are targeting a big one, try these spots.

Fish in clear water

Winter bass fishing from shore is going to be more successful if done in clear waters.

It does not have to be completely transparent, but avoid muddy waters.

Fish slow

This has been mentioned a few times already, but it is one of the most important winter bass fishing techniques.

Make slow but controlled movements, let the lure rest, and that is the only way to provoke a bite.

Calm and steady bass will not use energy to chase a fast lure.


Winter bass fishing from shore can be tricky, but if you practice the right techniques, it can be a great experience.

Don’t let the winter discourage you and head out to fish.

If you are not successful at first, use that as an experience to learn which techniques are not suitable for you and soon you will figure it out.

Every day and place are different.

And remember, your personal safety has to come first, so always wear proper clothes and be careful not to end up in the water.

To increase your chances even more, keep track of the weather, time of the day, barometric pressure, or use weather apps which can do that for you, to use the weather changes into your advantage.

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