If you’re an avid fisherman, you don’t let cold weather prevent you from participating in your favorite pastime. A little nip in the air isn’t gonna hold you back from going after a good time and catching a few fish. So, here are some cold weather tactics to help you be more successful on your next cold weather fishing adventure.
As you know, fish are cold-blooded animals. So, when the water temps drop, so does their core body temperature. When their body temperature drops, so does their metabolism. What does this mean for you? Slow down your presentation. Many species of fish, in the wintertime, will try to conserve energy and are less willing to chase down fast-moving baits.
As I mentioned earlier, many species of fish will have a lower metabolism during the wintertime. That means they won’t need as much food to survive on. Try using smaller baits than you would use during the warmer months of the year.
There’s no need to get up super early and head to the water just to freeze to death while fishing. Wait until the sun comes up and starts to warm the water. Just a 1 degree jump in water temperature during the day can prompt fish to eat.
Deep Early, Shallow Late
The surface temperatures of the water are the most quickly affected by air temperature. So, early in the day, fish deeper water as the deeper water will retain a little of the previous day’s warmth a little longer. By midday, head for shallower water to find fish as the sun and air temp will affect the water temps of the shallows much more quickly than deep water. Fish know this and now you do too.
Wear more layers than you think you will actually need. Typically the air temperature over the water will be at least a few degrees lower than the air temperature over land. Better to have more clothes for warmth than you think you need than to wish you had a few more layers once your out there. You can’t catch fish sitting in your living room but you might head there quicker if you are underdressed.
Fishing is not always about catching fish. Sure, catching fish is a lot of fun but enjoy the experience. One of the great things about wintertime fishing is that it keeps a lot of the “fair weather fishermen” at home. Be prepared for the conditions, use some of these tips, and enjoy the experience and you’re bound to have a great fishing adventure!