As fall comes to a close and winter rolls around, the Gimmie family knows the real question that should be on everyone’s mind: CAN I STILL FISH?
And the answer is yes. Yes you can.
But, you’re going to have to change your fishing strategy. Because, let’s face it – there’s a reason so many people think you can’t go fishing in winter.
So, without further ado – if you’d rather keep on your fishing hat instead of trading it for an orange vest this year – here’s the basic tips and tricks for fishing in winter (specifically in freshwater).
First of all, fish are cold-blooded. Plain and simple. (Don’t worry, this is the Gimmie family. We won’t be getting all “sciencey” on you.)
That pretty much means that if the water’s colder, the fish won’t be wanting to move off of their nice, comfy fish sofas any time soon.
So, if you’re trying to fish your lure like a bat straight out of the Underworld like you did in summer, chances are the fish aren’t going to want to chase it down.
In the case of winter fishing, patience is most definitely a virtue.
It can also help to use a bigger, heavier lure to help slow it down even more. A live-looking lure can also add some luck on your side since it looks like something warm to eat. (If you were cold, would you really want to eat an equally cold turkey leg?)
Shad, herring, and yearling sunfish and perch are what fish tend to eat in winter since everybody else in the lake is hibernating, so try to find a lure that looks like one of those fish as well.
And since the fish are cold-blooded, that also means that they are going to be doing everything in their tiny fish power to stay warm, which includes huddling together in the warmer parts of the water.
Find a good spot where all the bass, muskie, crappie, or even catfish are all gathered, and prepare to camp out (not literally, but you get what I’m saying).
But the most important rule of fishing in winter is to STAY SAFE.
Bundle up like a caterpillar in a cocoon and check that weather forecast! (Because rain + cold – fish = no fun.)
From the Gimmie Family:
Enjoy your winter, and fish on!