Winter time bass fishing is cold, slow, and can be extremely frustrating - But it can also be very successful. In most parts of the country, especially in herring and shad lakes, the bass tend to go much deeper and group up. It may take some time, but when you find the right school - you can be rewarded in a big way!
Once you've located a school of fish (mainly in creek channels, ditches, drains, or bridges) - a favorite way to target these fish is vertical-jigging a spoon. A spoon perfectly imitates a dying or injured bait fish, while fluttering towards the bottom. While watching a group of fish on your sonar, drop the spoon down and trigger the bass to bite. You'll drop the spoon down to the school and rip it up, while letting it fall on semi-slack line. Once you get the school fired up, you can catch 'em in a hurry!
As always, there are tweaks that can make certain techniques even more productive. As you'll see in the video, we're sharing a tip that can make your spoon fishing more effective while vertical-jigging.
We urge you to take some time to gain confidence in a spoon because vertical-jigging can salvage some tough, early winter fishing days.
We hope you find these tips and tricks helpful and thanks for watching!