Reprinted from the SIOUX City Journal
Largemouth bass do not need to be an “accidental” catch in the wintertime. If you search out areas which attract them under the ice, use lures and techniques they like, you will catch them with regularity.
Yes, Virginia, you can catch bass all winter.
It was a brilliantly sunny day when Gary Howey punched several holes though the ice on one of the local ponds near Hartington, Nebraska.
Within minutes they were baited up and in the water with tiny jigging lures tipped with wax worms.
Gary set out a dead rod tipped with minnow under a bobber a few feet away from his bucket.
We weren’t exactly surprised when Gary’s first bite resulted in a 2-pound bass. I grabbed a few quick photos and went back to my rod which had been sitting on my bucket. I picked it up and felt pressure, so I set the hook. It was another bass which was twin to the one Gary caught.
Later his bobber went down and another nice bass flopped out on the ice.
All these fish were released.
This was not a unique experience for us. We have caught a lot of largemouth through the ice over the years.
I’m guessing that 99 percent of the largemouth bass caught through the ice were taken while the angler was fishing for something else. But bass do not have to be an “accidental” catch.
If you want to try something different this year, target largemouth bass.
I know most people think bass go lethargic in cold water, but I’ve caught enough of them through the ice to know they can be caught, and caught in numbers. [Read more…]