Fishing for bass in the winter can be a challenging but rewarding experience. One technique that can be particularly effective in the colder months is using jerkbaits. Jerkbaits are lures that are designed to be fished with a series of jerks or twitches followed by a pause, which can entice bass to bite. However, in the winter, the bass are typically less active and may be found in deeper water, so it's important to adjust your approach accordingly. Here are some tips on how to fish jerkbaits for bass in the wintertime:
Choose the right jerkbait: In the winter, it's a good idea to use a jerkbait that can reach the desired depth. This will help you keep the bait in the strike zone for longer periods of time. Different baits will have a different type of roll or shimmy to them when twitched. Experimenting will help you dial in the best bait to trigger a reaction from the bass during that particular days conditions.
Fish slowly: In the winter, bass have a slower metabolism and are less likely to chase after fast-moving lures. Use a slow, jerky retrieve and pause the bait frequently to give the bass time to respond.
Use a the right rod: A good jerkbait rod will give you more control and sensitivity, which can be helpful when the bass are less active in the winter. A rod with a fast or extra-fast action will also help you impart more action on the jerkbait. We like the St Croix Victory 6'8" Medium Extra Fast.
Pay attention to structure and cover: Bass in the winter may be found around cover such as weeds, logs, and rock piles, as these areas provide some warmth and shelter. The key is finding these pieces of cover next to the breaks where bass will hold to easily have access to both deep and shallow water. Focus on these types of rareas and try to present the bait near them.
Experiment with retrieves: Different retrieves can produce different results when fishing jerkbaits. In the winter, it's a good idea to try a variety of retrieves to see what works best. For example, you can try a slow, steady retrieve, a series of short jerks, or a long pause followed by a quick jerk. Each of these retrieves can be effective in different situations, so it's worth experimenting to see which one works best for you.
By following these tips, you should be able to effectively fish jerkbaits for bass in the wintertime. Remember to be patient and keep trying different techniques until you find what works for you.
For more awesome tips, check out our recent instagram live with Motion Fishing Pro angler, Brock Reinkemeyer, here.
Good luck and happy fishing!