View Full Version : If I can stand the cold, I'm fishing!

11-25-2017, 09:04 AM
Yesterday was pretty mild compared to the last five days, but the cold nights have dropped the water temperature to 38 degrees making even a 5-10 mph breeze uncomfortable. But as with any cold weather fishing, warm clothes and a bright sun make an outing worth the discomfort (unless ya gotta go!)

When air temperature goes down so does my mental stamina. You can't go into a daze casting like a robot and expect to catch fish. Fish are in a variety of depths and proximity to shorelines and your lure is the true and only fish finder. If my mind was more active, I would have put a buoy marker out after catching fish rather than have to guess after my boat drifted away while taking fish off the hook.

I've found that even a boat's wind-re-position 10 yards away from where fish were caught can affect where casts should have been as in the case of a small tight school or group of fish. But again, the cold made me lazy and the buoy marker wasn't used. But at least general areas were learned and a few patterns evolved.

Granted, 18 fish (crappie, sunfish, mostly y.perch and small bass) are nothing to brag about, but every outing is a, well-I'll-be learning experience and better than just sitting around the house, wondering how the fishing was while sitting in the sun on the back porch.



As usual for cold water, 1/32 oz was my only choice along with just a few lure designs 2" or less in length - including the experimental design below that didn't disappoint- a cut-paddle tail worm:

I've been known to be the only boat on the water the day after Xmas. (Of course that's when I was many years younger.)


11-25-2017, 09:10 AM
Thanks for the report, I am a winter crappie fisherman also.

11-25-2017, 09:21 AM
Nice report! We're going to have a mini-warm-up this coming week and we're hoping to be able to launch the boat, if the ice isn't formed yet.

11-25-2017, 09:29 AM
Good report thanks

11-25-2017, 07:43 PM
I went out last week here in upstate ny when air temp was 38-40' the water temp about 47' wind 10-15mph....didn't do much drifting but hit a good spot...anchored and stayed put for 2hrs..caught 35 nice y.perch mostly with 3/8oz jigging spoon...cold day but was great.281085

11-25-2017, 07:53 PM
Great post as always thanks for sharing!

11-25-2017, 08:45 PM
I gave up to soon, was super warm this weekend. Still learning where to find them

Getting ready for ice but could be awhile

11-25-2017, 09:14 PM
Strange that we both did well with perch in cold water... Seems they were the most aggressive of the species.

11-25-2017, 09:23 PM
Yes, thanks for a good report , and I like hearing about every trip. Cold weather and warm weather [emoji106]

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11-25-2017, 09:35 PM
Thanks everyone. I'll post more outing results with pictures and details such as tackle and presentation.

11-26-2017, 06:59 AM
Icejohn - what kind(s) of jigging spoons do you use? Have you tried blade baits like the Silver Buddy?

11-26-2017, 09:03 AM
I have used the Silver Buddy but never caught a fish on it. Soft plastics in certain designs and 1/32 oz jigheads have caught more fish than any other lure - and big fish at that! There is no season for these baits that they don't work. Here are a few of the designs:

Thin Tail Minnow (aka Spoon Minnow)


Thin Paddle Tail Grub

Thin Paddle Tail Worm

and of course the Soft Cone Tail Grub also exemplified by the Crappie Magnet

Shad tail and curly tail grubs don't seem to do the job mainly because when paused have no action and reveal a shape fish lose interest in especially in cold water, whereas linear tails always demonstrate a subtle action when paused that keep a fish's attention and build up an aggression level resulting in a strike. Lure shape, action and near dead stop pauses are my bread & butter lure characteristics.