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Winter fishing opportunities in America


While cooler temperatures prevail across America, that certainly doesn’t mean there is a lack of winter fishing opportunities. Anglers in the Northern United States are spending hours in ice shanties, while those in the Southern United States are relishing time on the water without the heat and humidity they are accustomed to.


Are you wondering which species you might catch this time of year and where?


Let’s take a quick winter fishing tour of five different states across America.



Florida-strain largemouth bass are beginning to prepare for the rigors of spawning during this time of year. This can mean intense feeding activity when the weather is stable and a full or new moon is near. Grab your crankbaits and spinnerbaits, and then find a freshwater lake or pond in Florida. You’ll have one of your best chances at a trophy bass. Switching over to the saltwater estuaries and back bays, the Sunshine State offers opportunities to catch spotted seatrout, sheepshead, black drum, or pompano. Just log into Finygo to find out which baits or lures are currently working best under which conditions.



Anglers winter fishing freshwater in Texas are using soft plastic grubs and jigs to entice white crappie into biting near places like Cedar Creek Lake. Of course, there’s always a chance for a nice largemouth bass this time of year as well. Fish drop-offs or ledges where water depth increases and temperatures are more stable. Saltwater jetties and passes can mean action from redfish and flounder as they migrate along these routes and head into the Gulf of Mexico to spawn.



The California Delta estuary system, not far from San Francisco, is a haven for striped bass during this time of year. One of the most popular fishing methods for this species is trolling a minnow-imitating plug or spoon in about 8 to 20 feet of water. Southern California offshore boats see plenty of action from species such as sculpin and sandbass.



Winter ice fishing on many of Ohio’s freshwater inland lakes and ponds can mean catches such as crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, perch, and walleye. You may want to consider hiring an ice fishing guide who can help you locate fish and provide an ice shanty if it’s your first hardwater fishing experience.



Minnesota is another popular winter ice fishing destination. You can try Beaver Lake, near St. Paul, for bluegill and crappie through the ice. Or, visit Wirth Lake, near Minneapolis, for a chance at a walleye or northern pike. Find out which baits and spots on these lakes are producing catches by checking your Finygo app.


Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer and fishing guide who lives in Fort Myers, Florida. She is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA). Visit her personal blog and follow her on Twitter, you can also follow Debbie and see her catches within the Finygo app

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