The mild weather of early January has made the fishing good for some fish and slow for other.
Many anglers love to fish for smallmouth bass in the winter with rigs like the float and fly, but cold winter air and water temperatures are required to fish this rig correctly. Because of the milder weather, smallmouth anglers are having to fish with tube baits, spinner baits and crank baits — all which are not typically used during this time of year.
As with any situation in fishing, you must adapt and change your approach and do whatever you have to do to be successful. The milder weather has made fish hold in more shallow water on cover. You can fish crank baits, spinners, and jigs in and around cover for bass.
Normally in winter, crappie will hold over deeper water, but only in around six to eight feet, where they will move up and down on the cover and feed.
The next time you go fishing around here, just fish as if it were still late fall. As anglers we must learn to adjust to different situations to be successful.