So far it has been a pretty mild winter and pretty warm a lot of days. I sure am not complaining. I wish it would stay this way.
But this nice weather this late in the year or in the early winter period does bring on some changes to fishing patterns and some of it is good for some anglers and not so good for others.
What I mean by this is that some fish like largemouth bass and crappie will still feed in a late fall type of pattern. What this basically means is that instead of moving deeper and schooling in and around main lake cover and structure like they would in colder temperatures, they are still following shad and bait fish schools around this same type of cover but at much shallower depths.
This is great for winter anglers fishing for these fish because it extends the fall feeding action much longer. But these above-normal temperatures also hurt one type of fishing in particular. That is the wintertime smallmouth bass fishing season.
This is a time of year that many anglers, including myself, live for to fish for a huge smallie. There is nothing like going out on a cool morning on a lake known for great wintertime smallmouth bass and hooking into a fish of a lifetime. There are several lakes in our area like Dale Hollow, Lake Cumberland, Laurel River Lake, and several lakes in Tennessee than a three-hour drive.
The key to being successful is to be able to adapt and fish what and how you need to do to catch fish in any situation. Once you learn how to do this, you will become a much better angler.