Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

When you are planning a wintertime fishing trip, one of the most important things that you need to keep in mind is the location you are going to be fishing. When I say location, I don’t just mean the area of the lake that you want to fish but also the lake itself.

Wintertime angling can be tough enough to deal with with all the cold temps and the bad weather. To make the most of a wintertime trip, be sure to take the location of the lake and fishing spots into consideration. Once you decide the type of fish you would like to fish for, start planning your trip around that.

First, try to gather as much info on the lakes that have good winter fishing for the fish you are wanting to catch. For example, if you are wanting to go smallmouth bass fishing check out lakes that have a good reputation for winter smallmouth action like Dale Hollow Lake, Lake Cumberland, Laurel Lake and Norris and Cherokee Lakes in Tennessee. By choosing a lake that has a good reputation for that fish you will greatly increase your chance of having a successful trip.

After you have decided on a lake, you can sometimes find a lake map and look for key areas that will hold winter fish. One of the best ways also is to call a tackle or bait shop close to the lake to get an updated fishing report and the best areas of the lake to try.

Once you get to the lake and you still are not sure of the area or location to fish, just remember that you can’t go wrong by fishing deeper water or spots that have deeper water close by. This is where the location thing comes in. In the winter months most fish will move to the deeper areas of the lake and will school and suspend on cover that has deeper water on it. The fish holding on steep cover in deeper water can move in a vertical up-and-down movement to find the most suitable water temp and food and cover from danger. These are locations like steep rocky banks, weed beds, humps, old road beds, main lake points and standing timber on a creek channel edge. All these are key fish-holding forms of cover and structure for winter bass.

Choose your fish then choose your lake then choose your area and bait. By setting your next winter fishing trip up like this, I believe you will have a better chance of having a productive trip. This will help with your wintertime fishing fever.

I can be reached by e-mail at gabbysfishingfever@yahoo.com.

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