Tips on catching bass fish following a cold front by Debbie Hanson
While a cold front may be relative in the warm and sunny state of Florida, significant winter weather changes will affect the feeding behaviors of largemouth bass fish regardless of where you are geographically located.
Don’t you dare operate under the notion that you can’t catch bass fish following a cold front though. While you probably won’t have a banner day, there are still fish to be found. It’s just a matter of locating the fish and using the right baits to entice them.
- Consider the fact that post-front bluebird skies will usually have bass searching for deep or shady spots. The reason for this is that shallow portions of a lake or waterway will experience more dramatic changes following a recent front. Major shifts in UV levels, water temperature, barometer, and wind can send bass deeper or have them holding tighter to cover.
- Lighten the weight of your line. Bring the weight of your line down to 6 or 8 pound monofilament. Light line is a better fit for lighter, smaller baits anyway. Lighter line will also sink faster if you’re fishing deeper spots.
- Use smaller baits. Bass turn into picky, selective eaters following a cold front. This means you should leave the chunky football jig with craw trailer behind and use small tube jigs or soft plastic stick baits instead.
- Fish your baits slow. As fish adjust to the atmospheric changes, they are not likely to pursue fast-moving baits. Instead of ripping a crankbait through the water using a fast retrieve, drop a Texas-rigged soft plastic worm around a weedbed and give it a few subtle twitches.
- Focus on inside turns. Inside turns are areas where a finger or point meets a bar. Rather than holding close to points like they usually do when they are aggressively feeding, bass have a tendency to hold near inside turns that offer more protection and cover from both sides.
Along with these handy cold front bass fishing tips, don’t forget to consider the baits and techniques that equaled good catch rates under similar conditions using the Finygo app. Historical fishing data can certainly help by showing you what has proven effective (or not effective) in different situations.