Where Do Bass Go In Winter? (And How To Catch Them)



If your bass vanished this Winter you aren’t alone! Many anglers struggle to find fish this time of year but if you know the 3 places to look, you’ll always be able to find them. The combination of rock, hollows, and solid cover, are the trifecta of fishy locations for Winter bass fishing.

Don’t let the cold temperatures deter you. The fish still need to eat and while you might not get as many bites as you would in Fall or Spring, you’re likely to catch the biggest bass of your life! If you’re not fishing this Winter, you’re wasting some of the best big bass fishing of the whole year!

Below is a breakdown of some of the gear we use this time of year. We’ve broken it down by location and weather condition to make it easy for you to find what you need.

Fish on the rocks…

Jig- Dirty Jigs Casting: http://bit.ly/2ayUXnE
Trailer- Yamamoto Double Tail: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p

Ned Rig- Z Man Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR
Ned Head- Lockz Head: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Fish In The Hollows…

Alabama Rig- Yum Flash Mob Junior: http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu
Blade Bait- Damiki Axe Blade: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t
Underspin- Blade Runner 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2oocg0a
Swimbait- Huddleston 10″ ROF 12: http://bit.ly/2nztmdj

Fish In Shallow Cover…

Shallow Jerkbait- Jackall Rerange 110: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED
Deep Jerkbait- Lucky Craft Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz
Jig- Dirty Jigs Flippin’ Jig: http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI
Jig Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

Fish In Flood Conditions…

Spinnerbait- River2Sea Bling 1/2 oz (Iced): http://bit.ly/2diSwqq
Chatterbait- Evergreen JackHammer 3/8 oz (Chartreuse White): http://bit.ly/2popvj6
Jig- Dirty Jigs Flippin’ Jig: http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI
Jig Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
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Equipment We Recommend…

Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor: http://bit.ly/2vFQypW
Minn Kota Battery Charger: http://bit.ly/2vcrbjA
Humminbird Solix 15 Electronics: http://bit.ly/2pAkXr2
Minn Kota Talons: http://bit.ly/2F0QBSP
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Promar Net: http://bit.ly/2dh9xQP
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34 Responses

  1. I love watching your videos and I learn a lot from them but when you start saying you can do this on every lake and it’ll work you should come to Cherokee lake in TN you’ll find that it doesn’t work this lake it so different from all other lakes

  2. Love the tips man👍❤️

  3. Bry Burd says:

    What if your ponds only 7 feet deep and there’s so many pickerel it’s annoying

  4. Thank you guys for what you do. I enjoy every video you put out. But more importantly I'm learning. To the 20 that gave this video. Dang it man! You want them to swim down and hook a fish on for you? Bet you would want them to reel it in for you too.

  5. Excellent info on locating winter bass (and probably just about any other type of fish as well ) in winter. Thanks!

  6. The Hendo says:

    never have I been so pumped to go out and TRY to catch a pig in the winter. I always have been told Bass shut off completely in the winter so this is motivating. usually start fishing around March here in Utah so it would be a great accomplishment to catch one earlier than that! great video!

  7. Amazing vid. Insanely helpful

  8. Val M says:

    Damn, man, I live fucking Russia, winter fishing sounds like a bad idea, I hate ice…

  9. NorCalWabbit says:

    Local here. What are the good rocky spots on the north side for a shore fisherman? You're looking like you're filming at County Park.

  10. NorCalWabbit says:

    I'm sitting here watching and I say to myself "Man that looks like Clearlake" and what do you know.

  11. 240LTS says:

    – I realize every body of water is different but do you believe the bass will travel a great distance, i.e. 1/4 mike to say a few miles to their winter home?
    I have a tributary off a bay that has the deepest water in the tributary. 30' +/-. That is the place I believe all the species head to in the winter. It is my place to begin looking. I have caught a couple of species there but no LMB yet.
    – If there are multiple species, will they stay in "their group" or mix with the other species?
    – Another question is, if they are born in the shallows and grow there until winter hits (mid Atlantic) how do they even know there may be a deep place somewhat nearby?
    Spawn in May+/-. Water cools in November +/-. They are typically hangin with their peeps (fish their own size) that also have no idea where the best or better winter home is. I know that species like bass can have a "trail" they follow from deep to shallow. Radio tagging is the only true way to know for sure.
    This all my be too much (detail) to discuss here.
    I have been bass fishing since 1985 and really appreciate your info and channel.
    Thank you.

  12. jc peeps says:

    Their is no such thing as a fishing season…. They are still in the water and hungry. They just don't want to chase anything too fast.. give them a good look at your lure, then give them time to catch up! Plus like the video says, understand bass love to ambush! I've caught so many big bass in central CA. In tributary rivers because I was bare foot in an aluminum boat.. I could feel the water get colder. I figured out the big bass would hang outside of the mixing water where it was sill warm. Then dart in and eat cold fish until they got sluggish from the cold. After that they relaxed and drift back to the warmth.. sound right to anyone?

  13. Ugh, in lower Michigan we have ice that’s too thin to fish on, but too thick to break through. I wish I had open water 🙁

  14. Awesome video Matt,you couldn't explain it better 👊👊👍👍

  15. SalDesignMan says:

    Dude u r awesome!!! Wish I could fish with u for a day!!!

  16. Thanks for all the tips!

  17. Ossker says:

    Can you do a winter video for shore fishing at lakes?

  18. Great video and info!!

  19. Edd Guido says:

    Where do they go in the delta?

  20. ls gt says:

    Awesome as always.

  21. I have not been able to catch a bass yet on the jerk bait. The lipless crank bait is what I have been getting the most bites and catching a few. They hit it so soft. Several have got off reeling them in! But I never even had a lipless crank bait till you guys informed me on them. They work for me in the cold water here in OHIO!

  22. FilipinoBMW says:

    Would the same principles apply for fishing the Cal Delta? I know most guys just go for stripers this time of year to get a bite, but I still want to catch big largemouths.

  23. if u guys are local lets hit up fox for walleyes

  24. T Higson says:

    Excellent information! Thank you. Subd.

  25. Jesus Garcia says:

    Awesome breakdown. Question. Does water clarity affect there positioning? My fishery has max 1ft visibility yr round, section of rip rap dam and just miles and miles of reeds.

  26. Great content….. Keep up the great work….

  27. Best info ever!! Thank you so much guys. You answered lifelong questions for me

  28. salty dog says:

    As always thumbs up for good information.👍👍. But I would like to ask one question if you don't have a fish finder how can you find the spots. Not being sarcastic just asking how to find these spots.

  29. What do you recommend for winter gear that’s fairly reasonable?

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