Indiana Game and Fish Hotspot Lake list 2009!
3:18 PM | Author: Tech Tactical

By Tom Berg

I could feel the lure that was tied to the end of my line ticking along the tops of the weeds in the unseen depths below, and I waited anxiously for the sign of a strike. The bright orange, curly-tailed jig seemed like it was going to swim along forever without enticing a fish. Suddenly, I felt the familiar tap as a fish took the bait.

For a split-second before setting the hook, I visualized a slab-sized crappie inhaling the bait. I hoped it would weigh at least a pound, but preferably a little more. When I reared back and drove the hook home a millisecond later, I was surprised to see a fat 16-inch largemouth bass come rocketing out of the water instead!

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. Although I was fishing for crappies along one of Patoka Lake's isolated shorelines, largemouth bass are not an uncommon catch. Actually, just the opposite is true at this southern Indiana reservoir. Bass fishing at Patoka Lake has never been better, as scores of tournament bass anglers and thousands of "regular" bass fishermen have been finding out in recent years.

Patoka Lake is not the only hotspot for Indiana bass anglers, however. Productive bass lakes abound in our great state these days, thanks to the efforts of dedicated fisheries biologists and a strong catch-and-release ethic among fishermen. From small farm ponds to gigantic reservoirs, it is quite likely that there is a fishing hole within easy driving distance where any angler can hook into a bragging-sized bass.

But where are the best places to start? Although there are lots of lakes where Hoosier bass anglers can wet a line this spring, Indiana Game & Fish has chosen five places where it's hard to go wrong. They include West Boggs Lake, Patoka Lake, Dogwood Lake, Monroe Reservoir and Clear Lake.

WEST BOGGS LAKE
West Boggs Lake is a relatively shallow 622-acre impoundment, located right in the heart of southern Indiana's big bass country. The lake is also known as West Boggs Creek Reservoir or simply Boggs. Although the bulk of the lake lies along the eastern edge of Daviess County, it also sprawls over into Martin County as well.

In 1994, West Boggs Lake underwent a complete lake renovation to remove undesirable fish species, such as gizzard shad and carp. The lake was restocked with largemouth bass, bluegills, redear sunfish, black crappies and channel catfish, and the fishery made a fantastic comeback. Bass fishing, in particular, has become phenomenal.

According to Brian Schoenung, the District 6 fisheries biologist for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the largemouth bass at West Boggs are still growing like crazy. "The growth rates for bass here are pretty much off the charts," he said. "In our last survey we caught a 5-year-old bass that was 17 1/2 inches long. The district average for a 5-year-old fish around here is 15.5 inches." That's impressive.

The bass fishing is still excellent, but a dark cloud looms on the horizon at West Boggs Lake. It appears that some misguided fisherman or other individual illegally stocked gizzard shad here, probably in 2000 or 2001. The problem with shad is that they compete with young game fish for food, and after they become established, they quickly dominate the lake. Overpopulated gizzard shad was one of the main reasons West Boggs was renovated several years ago.

"When the shad population really expands, we expect to see a decline in the quality of bluegills and probably a decrease in largemouth bass density," said Schoenung. "We surveyed Boggs in the summer of 2002, and bass still made up 37 percent of the fish caught by weight," he added. "Shad were not No. 1, but if we did a survey right now, they would be. They got off a tremendous spawn in the spring of 2002, so there are millions of gizzard shad out there now."

The good news is that it will likely be two or three years before bass fishermen notice a decline in fishing. Schoenung agreed, stating, "I'd say that it probably has not had any impact yet. It will probably be a couple of years before it really starts to affect the bass population." In the meantime, West Boggs Lake anglers will continue to enjoy good fishing and high harvest rates.

PATOKA LAKE
Bass anglers with a hankering for a lake with lots of flooded timber and plenty of bass should head for Patoka Lake, just south of French Lick. Patoka is an 8,880-acre bass factory, and in recent years the factory has been working overtime.

Tournament bass fishermen have noticed the good fishing at Patoka, too, and more and more tournaments are being held here every year. As a matter of fact, catch rates for bass have been increasing steadily since 1996, when a 15-inch minimum size limit was placed on Patoka bass, replacing the existing slot limit.

Local fishermen have noticed that the largemouth bass population has improved over the last couple of years, too, especially with larger fish. Bass tournament weigh-ins typically feature a bass in the 8-pound range as the fish to beat for "big bass" honors.

Tim Gibson is a local bass fishing expert, and he is a professional fishing guide (812-936-3382) on Patoka Lake as well. He recommends looking for spring largemouths up in the Patoka River. "The water temperature up in the Patoka River might be 5 to 10 degrees warmer than in the main lake. The farther up the river, the better," Gibson said. "One of my favorite areas is between Walls Lake ramp and King's Bridge," he continued.

Gibson looks for productive water with timber nearby, but more specifically he looks for groups of submerged logs that he calls laydowns. "In the spring, the bass in Patoka like to stay close to laydowns. The bass will lie right alongside of them, and spinnerbaits worked slow along those logs are dynamite." He also uses jigs and the ever-popular jig-and-pig. "You can't ever pass that up," he said.

Other good places to try in the early spring are mud flats, especially those exposed to the sun. Gibson often fishes mud flats at this time of the year with buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. "There are some good mud flats between Walls and King's Bridge where the river goes out," he said. "Bass will move up on those mud flats as the sun warms them up during the day, and that's when the bass will eat up buzzbaits."

Public access for Patoka Lake boat anglers is very good, since there are 11 boat-launching ramps located at various points around the lake. There are also two full-service marinas, where supplies can be purchased and boats may be rented. Give a call to Patoka Lake Marina at (888) 819-6916 for more information.

DOGWOOD LAKE
Another topnotch bass water in Daviess County is 1,400-acre Dogwood Lake, located in the middle of Glenwood Fish and Wildlife Area (FWA). Dogwood has been known as a good bass lake for quite some time, but since it is not as large as some of the other reservoirs like Patoka and Monroe, it doesn't seem to get as much attention.

Fisheries biologist Brian Schoenung points to Dogwood as the place to go for sheer numbers of bass. "Dogwood Lake tends to be a numbers lake rather than a size lake," he said. "If you want to catch large numbers of bass, this is the place to go."

But Dogwood is not devoid of lunkers. "It does have some larger fish in it," continued Schoenung. "We had a small fish kill here in the summer of 2002, and we saw some really nice bass, up to 8 pounds. Most of the bass that did die were those larger fish," he said. Investigations were made to determine whether or not a largemouth bass virus caused the fish kill, but the initial reports came back as inconclusive. Biologists will continue to monitor the population.

Dogwood Lake has a 10-horsepower limit on it, which somewhat restricts the size of boat that can be launched there. Once anglers are afloat, however, they should be ready for action.

"This lake has a lot of fish in the 12- to 14-inch size range. The catch rates are really high, too, up around 270 bass per hour when we do our fish surveys out there," Schoenung said. When you compare those catch rates to those at Monroe Reservoir (upper 50s per hour), you can appreciate how many bass are in Dogwood.

Many fishermen at Dogwood Lake use traditional lures to catch their fish: spinnerbaits, plastic night crawlers and crankbaits. But don't forget topwater plugs, stick baits and buzzbaits. Jigs are also very productive when worked along deeper structure.

Bass anglers interested in harvesting a few fish should keep in mind that there is a 15-inch size limit in effect on this lake. Glendale FWA is located between Jasper and Washington, and can be reached via state Route 257 from the west. For more information, call the Glendale FWA office at (812) 644-7711.

MONROE RESERVOIR
If one body of water deserves to be on the list of bass fishing hotspots year in and year out, it must be Monroe Reservoir. Monroe has been producing both numbers of bass and trophy-sized bass for a long, long time. Located just south of Bloomington, Monroe Reservoir is easy to access, too.

Monroe is another lake that comes to mind for Schoenung. "It's a perennial producer of really large bass," he said. "If you are going to fish around here and want to catch a bass in the 8-to 10-pound range, this is where you should go." At more than 10,000 acres, Monroe certainly has the room to grow big bass.

As a case in point, Schoenung recounted a recent incident that really reinforces the fact that Monroe is chock-full of bruiser-sized bass. "We did get a good little peek at the bass population in an unrelated project here recently (fall 2002)," he stated. "Law enforcement officials dammed up roughly a mile and a half of the upper end of the north fork of Salt Creek to try and uncover some evidence for a crime investigation. We had to remove the fish from that area.

"They drained that section, which was primarily creek channel, and we moved the fish from there to the other side of the dam. We probably took out between 300 and 500 bass that weighed anywhere from 3 pounds to 8 pounds," Schoenung reported. "There were some pretty nice fish up in that section."

Fishermen seemed to have more success at Monroe last year, as opposed to the previous few years. One reason could be that submerged weedbeds thrived with the stable water levels of recent years, and a lot of the bass had left the established hotspots and moved into the weed edges. Many fishermen were slow to adjust to that change.

However, the extremely high water that was present in the spring of 2002 virtually eliminated the weeds and other aquatic vegetation that had been established around the lake, so the bass moved back to the traditional spots where anglers had always caught them in the past. Creek channels, dropoffs and underwater points suddenly became very productive again. "Everything I've heard has been that the fishing was real good on Monroe this year," said Schoenung.

If stable water levels return over the next few years, look for the weeds to return in the same areas where they were prior to 2002. When that happens, the bass will likely shift back to their weedy homes.

CLEAR LAKE
Not all of the big bass in Indiana live in the southern part of the state, and not all of the bass are largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass deserve a mention when it comes to Hoosier bass fishing, too, and one of the best places in the state to catch a trophy smallmouth is Clear Lake.

Clear Lake in Steuben County is a great place to fish. Located in the extreme northeast corner of the state, Clear Lake is a bass fisherman's dream. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are present here in good numbers, and there are big fish, too.

According to the DNR's District 2 fisheries biologist Larry Koza, Clear Lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population. He recommends fishing for smallmouths in the spring when the fish are in the shallows (even big smallies). "If you want a decent chance at catching a 4- or 5-pound smallmouth bass in Indiana, Clear Lake is one of the best places to do it," Koza said.

Other anglers agree. Bill LaVigne, a local angler from Fort Wayne, fishes Clear Lake as often as he can. In the spring, he specifically targets smallmouth bass. "There are some dandy smallmouths in Clear Lake," he said. "I have caught them in the spring, and my biggest spring smallmouth was probably about 5 pounds."

LaVigne likes to use a simple slip-sinker rig with a plain No. 10 hook and a live night crawler. "I hook a whole night crawler (or sometimes even a half night crawler) right through the tip of the nose, blow it up with air from a syringe and cast it out," he said. "You might catch six or seven smallmouths in a day. The average size is going to be 14 to 16 inches, but the 20-inchers are there," he reported.

Other productive presentations for smallmouth bass here include tube jigs, twistertail jigs, crankbaits that imitate crayfish and small minnow-imitating plugs. LaVigne is partial to tube jigs when he uses artificials, but he adds a special touch: "I always put some garlic scent in there," he confessed. Who can argue with success?

Most of the shoreline surrounding Clear Lake features a shallow, rocky ledge that tapers out from a couple of feet deep down to about 10 feet. That is the productive zone. Beyond the 10-foot mark, it starts dropping down to 25 feet very quickly.

When asked where he catches smallmouths on Clear Lake, LaVigne revealed that spring bass are typically shallow. "I target them in 10 feet of water or less," he said. "Try to find shallow areas with gravel. I've actually caught a lot of smallmouths right by the beach, by the public access site. There are lots of stones and sand there."

These are just a few of the many choices available to Indiana bass anglers. Each of these lakes consistently provides good numbers of quality bass for Hoosier anglers throughout the spring months. The best part is that most of these lakes also produce trophy-sized bass on a regular basis. Your lunker bass may be waiting!

Via - Indiana Game and Fish

Stripper pits primer!
2:18 PM | Author: Tech Tactical

By Richard Ziert

Strip Pits, or quarries are fun in their sense of local wilderness, they are often uncrowded, and can give up some giant fish to the daring soul. Yes intrepid to say the least, because many are unregulated and off the beaten path. Common strip pit species include, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, white bass, other sunfish family friends, channel catfish, walleye, sauger and musky.

Strip Pits are the result of abandoned mining operations; where the pit fills in with water from one source or another. These pits can be both deep to 100 or more feet, and of various surface acres. To avoid winter or other die offs, pits should be at least 8-15 feet deep with at least some additional source of dissolved oxygen. At a half acre or so, averaging to about 250 acres, or as large as the monster, and controversial “Pebble Mine Project” brewing in Alaska of 10 square miles, no two are exactly alike.

Pits along mining roads receive the greatest fishing pressure. Others, a little further off the track, are visited by car toppers and belly boats. Nowhere in all of “fishingdom” does knowledge of the environment pay off more than with Strip Pits. Part of that familiarity starts with the digging/removal process, type of mineral extracted, and processing.

Whether it be coal, iron, copper, gold, limestone, or granite rock and gravel, etc. one thing in common is how the materials are extracted. For our purpose the best pits are “Contoured Stripped”, where the top soil, or overburden above the mineral seam, is removed along the natural contours of the land. Followed by auger mining into hillsides, this method leaves behind terraces; irregular stair step ledges similar to some hillside rice patty agricultural layouts you may have seen.

Some minerals leave behind toxic waste not only in their contact with subsequent water fill, but in their necessary processing with various chemicals. pH content, dissolved oxygen content, and terrace layout of and in the water, play key roles in whether or not a particular pit will be “high percentage fish productive”.

A simple and inexpensive pH Meter sold at aquarium/pet stores will tell us all about this end of water quality. Neutral pH is a 7 on the meter. Below 7 the water is acid, above 7, the water is alkaline. With a little leeway the water quality we want is from 6 to 8 on the meter. Too low, or too high a reading produces poor aquatic reproduction, growth and survival. A word of caution is necessary here in that only one pH reading may not represent all the water of larger pits.

Smaller, more protected pits, will have less likelihood of a good wind driven dissolved oxygen mix. Unless it can be determined that the source of incoming water is something more than run off or rain, these smaller pits may not have sufficient oxygen content. These “other” sources can be stream inlets, outlets, underwater springs, or in some cases water input or drawdown from regulated sources or dams.

Fish spawning and equally critical insect reproduction usually occurs in water less than 15 feet. If we were to view our chosen pit as a whole, we would ideally need 10 to 20% of the surface area as spawning grounds of one form or another. Water level and depth/width of the first shoreline terrace is critical. In addition however, artificially planted/sunken habitat - lay downs – brush piles - can act in place of what occurs naturally as well as create sustaining cover throughout the year. Couple this with planting along known paths of wind, surface, or underwater current, next to deeper water will produce the best set up imaginable. Spot planting of cover is ill advised. It is much better to plant several structures within a few yards of each other, and over many yards of bottom contours. Some pits have naturally occurring shoreline trees and brush. Lay downs, aquatic vegetation (if any), overhanging shade producers, along with strategically planted cover, can produce an ideal ecological community unto itself.

The message is then don’t be fooled by water clarity, or any one part of the surroundings alone. If for no other reason, take the necessary readings, make credible observations, do the extra work, to add measurably to your confidence level, and success.


Credits:
Personal experience of author.
The Mining Industry.
Various state DNR Agencies.
Missouri Department of Conservation/ Managing Strip Pits as Fisheries – 06/2000
The Trout Underground – Pebble Mine Project, Tom Chandler, 9/1/2007

Very Interesting post found at:

http://www.bigindianabass.com/big_indiana_bass/


Bass Photos Dan and Tommy!
8:47 PM | Author: Tech Tactical


The Three Pictures above are of Tommys ( My brother in law ) 6 lbs 6oz Largemouth Bass caught off a top water Hedden popper silver/black color. I was just as excited as him watching him crank it in! It was a great day for both of us! We didn't realize till later the quality of the pictures, but hey at least we got em! If you bass fish at all you know how violent a big bass like that can hit a top water lure, and this one really hit it hard! It was caught at the edge of a feeding creek to the lake with alot of rocks covering the outlet. We weighed it in at the local bait shop on the way home. Being it was late summertime I think this one would of been a mounter if caught earlier in the year. We won't mount a fish unless its 7 pounds or better!





This fish weighed in at 5 lbs 4oz and was caught on a Purple Zoom brand Black body with Blue Tail Lizzard. Ive seen alot of nice fish using these Blue Tailed lizzards since they are a real common lizzard native to this area in the midwest. This fish was caught in a creek bed that sits in the middle of the lake in about 2-4 ft. of water that drops off on both sides of the lake it was so aggressive that the whole water waved up like a wirlpool just got turned on! It was a very exciting experience I'll never forget. Its one of those things where you just had to be there!





I caught the bass above and another one just like it back to back within about 5 mins between time in the exact same spot both weighing 4 lbs 13 oz and 4 lbs 9 oz on a Top water Rapala Skitter Pop White and Yellow in color with a white silver glitter hair skirt on a private lake near an old sunken bridge road bed by some submerged tree logs. Both bass came up to the surface from about 8-10 ft of water. The water was super clear that particular day. 2 nice fish like that within 5 mins got me fired up for the rest of the day! We both did really well.



Two more nice bass caught on rattletrap silver with red spots on a very windy day at Bluegrass FWA (Bluegrass pit) these were the bigger ones in the live well that day 3 lbs and 4 lbs. Had about 8 keepers that day between the both of us. We Caught about 30 or 40 unconsciously on that particular color rattletrap it was a great time.

We are going to take alot more pictures in the future to throw up on the blog and maybe some video clips also. We can't wait for the season to start! We would also like to hear from some of the locals around the midwest in the comments. Share your catches, where you fish? What types of baits work for you? Feel free to share your pics and info for the quest of bass fishing in the midwest!

Remember to always take time out to take a kid fishing! Even if you dont have any kids of your own grab a niece, a nephew, a cousin, whoever it may be. There is nothing like watching the excitement of a young one catching his or her first fish. Drag em away from that X-box or internet or whatever they do in the daily routine of their lives and keep the sport of bass fishing alive. That little kid may grow up to be the next Hank Parker or Bill Dance! Even if they dont go pro you have givin them something that they can enjoy the rest of their lives. There is nothing like the peace and serenity of a lake out in the wild of nature! See ya on the water.
My Favorite Bass Fishing Buddy!
11:51 AM | Author: Tech Tactical









There is no one in the world I like going bass fishing more than my son Erik, He is a great bass fisherman taught by the best lol.. He caught this nice slab above on a texas rigged purple culprit plastic worm. Anyway this is one our favorite bass holes in the Bluegrass FWA area in Warrick county Indiana. On a good day you can catch 60 or more bass a day! Average size is 14" but not uncommon to catch a few bigger bass along the way. Some of the others were caught in Loon Pit and Bluegrass pit in the FWA area. Lake pic below:



Largemouth Bass Tactics!
5:34 PM | Author: Tech Tactical

Water influence on Largemouth Bass Tactics



Because a bass's entire metabolism is tuned to its circulatory system temperature. In cold water the metabolism slows down, the brain slows down, and the bass slows down. In cold water a bass's instincts are less sharp it has less appetite and it mostly stays suspended in a hiding place, waiting for warmer water. That's why Largemouth Bass Tactics have to be adjusted accordingly.

If you go out fishing early in the year you should look for the warmest water you can find usually on the sunny side off the lake.. During the summer it’s totally different story, coolest water is where fish is hiding. A sudden drop in water temperature cause bass to go into temporary shock and they quit eating. The opposite is not true, however. A sudden rise in water temperature may, or may not, effect the fishing, depending on other factors.



Rain as a fishing factor


Rain affects water surface conditions, making it almost opaque when viewed from below. This affect can be either positive or negative on fishing. Light rains seem to help fishing, while heavy rains turn-off the bite. Here is the likely scenario. The darkened skies that come with wet conditions tend to cause the bass to feed, light rain breaks up the surface making our lures more effective, and rain adds oxygen to the water. But as the rain gets heavier, it gets more difficult for the Largemouth Bass to see, so they suspend and stop feeding.
If there is freshwater flowing into the lake from a feeder creek or ditch, the place where this water enters the lake is an excellent place to fish. Nutrients are flowing in, shad are drawn to the nutrients and bass are drawn to the shad.
The bass know the shad will be there so they instinctively migrate to a source of fresh water flowing into a lake. It is wide spread understanding that Largemouth Bass Tactics have to be adapted to a light rain, and than again as the rain gets stronger. Heavy downpours, thunderstorms (and the resulting high winds) make for extremely poor fishing and miserable fishing conditions.


Change your Largemouth Bass Tactics when storm is close


During the approach of a cold front the winds diminish and the sky becomes overcast. Then, it starts to rain. The bass sense the change in wind and sky conditions, they know instinctively that this is the beginning to bad weather, and they begin to feed. That is why some of the best fishing occurs when a cold front is approaching. During this time the bass fill their gullets. Then, the wind picks up after the storm passes, the skies clear and the Largemouth Bass become lethargic. Then, after the food is digested, they begin to feed once again. This is a rule you have to remember. Bass do not feed on the day after a bad weather has passed because they are not hungry. Hunger returns after about 48 hours, and the fishing improves rapidly.


Wind is improving Largemouth Bass Fishing


Windy conditions makes for excellent fishing during late spring, summer and early fall. On the other side it usually makes poor fishing in the winter and early spring.
Wind improves fishing and here is why. First, the wind causes waves and waves oxygenate the water. The additional oxygen activate the fish and causes them to feed. But more importantly, the wind blows algae and plankton to the windy shore where it stacks up. Shad feed off of plankton and bass feed off of shad. Both the shad and the bass like to actively feed shallow along a wind-blown shore.
On the places where waves are breaking over a point or along a shoreline, you should look for deeper water nearby. Expect the bass to be holding in deep water but close to the shallow, breaking waves. When fishing a shoreline, hold the boat off shore, throw lures into the breaking waves and retrieve them to where it looks the bass are holding in deeper water.


A mayor mistake often committed by novice fishermen is to fish the lee side of the lake when the wind is blowing. Mayor rule in Largemouth Bass Tactics is: On the lee side of the lake the bass will be inactive, while on the windward shores the bass will be active. The wind makes boating and fishing tougher, but the final result makes up for it.

Great Tips From http://largemouthbasstactics.blogspot.com/

The Bass Baby 2 man boat!
5:06 PM | Author: Tech Tactical
Check out the BEST two man bass fishing boat that goes where the RANGER or pull behind boats CANT go! This boat is very comfortable for two people and stable unlike many cheaper imatations on the market today! The Bass Baby costs about $600.00 US dollars worth every penny! The ABS plastic wheels on the back make it great for rolling it out the pickup bed down some home made ramps straight into the water! Here are the features and specs:

FEATURES
  • Fits in full sized pick-up beds with tailgate closed
  • Motor mounts on either end of the Bass Baby
  • Two year manufacturer warranty.
  • Molded in beverage holders and tackle compartments
  • Convenient molded in ruler
  • Adjustable swivel seats
  • Wheels for maneuvering
  • Drain plug
  • Adjustable swivel seats
  • 8 molded in handles
  • Rotationally molded of rugged polyethylene plastic with UV
  • Protectant
SPECS


  • Length: 96" (243.84 cm)

  • Beam: 54" (137.16 cm)

  • Height: 18" (45.72 cm)

  • Weight: approximately 143 lbs (64.86 kg)

  • 2 Horse Power motor rating

  • Capacity: 2 people or 400 lbs. (181.44 kg)

  • 475 lbs. (215.45 kg) maximum capacity
    ( persons, motor and gear)


Cabelas

Gearing up for February Bass Fishing!
3:51 PM | Author: Tech Tactical

Unless the white frozen precipitation comes down by the bucketfuls tomorrow, don't let a little snow keep you from going cold water bass fishing. This is truly a magic time of the fishing year. So if you would like to give it a try, just follow a few tips from the pros and don’t let a little snow stop you from going bass fishing.

Cold water bass fishing isn’t the easiest fishing in the world, but there are many anglers that actually prefer it because of the landscape serenity and lack of competition with other people on the water during the winter. Crowded waters are unheard of in the winter. You'll be hard-pressed to have someone elbow you out of the way. There are no jet skis or motorboats to spoil the fishing experience. You know how it is in the summer. After 10:00 AM, you might as well go home.

Bass school in the winter, so they can be hard to find. You should work many spots until you hit fish, and then expect to get more than one. Now is when slow-moving lures are a must. No one need hurry, not the fish, not the anglers.

Success with cold water bass fishing often depends on many factors. Choosing the best lures are critical, but also take into consideration the barometer, the depth of the water, the temperature of the water, the color of the water and even the slant of the banks along the water.

It's fairly common these days to hear bass fishermen refer to different lakes as being “cold -weather lakes" and "hot-weather lakes." And if you talk to enough fishermen about their catches, the idea really starts to take shape.

There are actually lakes that are great fisheries when the water’s cold only to shut down when the middle of May rolls around. There are lakes that don't stand out until they get as warm as the Jacuzzi at the Holiday Inn. With lower metabolism, fish will not travel very far or very fast to feed. It is crucial to present them something that will require little effort to strike.

Jeff Carpenter who fishes for San Diego Bass masters recommends these tips:
- Fish deep and s-l-o-w-l-y
- Small profile baits and light weight
- Target 30 - 60 feet water
- Carolina rig's fished slowly in 45 to 60 feet are also producers. A Carolina rig is a set up. It’s a different position of weights and hooks.

Jeff makes his own cold water fishing lures by heating up liquid plastics. He then adds color and glitter, then pours the solution into a mold and allows it to cool. You can find the materials at a number of online fishing tackle retailers. Or visit the BigFishTackle.Com Retailers Showcase "Freshwater" section.
Favorite Lures from the Pros

Cable television angler Roland Martin says he has used the 3-inch avocado Sting Ray lures on cold-water bass for more than 30 years.

Other favorite lures from some of the pros are: a half-ounce or heavier spinnerbait on shallow flats in a lake that come up off a creek or river channel. This can work well if you find a concentration of fish in one of these areas. Many cold water bass fishermen use a half-ounce Rippler jig with a plastic trailer. Swim it on the flats and pitch it to every piece of cover you find. If the wind is blowing, start looking at windy banks and pockets for baitfish. When you find baitfish, the No. 1 choice is a half-ounce Rat-L-Trap in a chrome finish or bone color. The only modification to make is to replace the hooks with Mustard Triple Grip hooks. Another popular bait is a Texas-rigged worm with a six-inch or eight-inch ribbon-tail. Two favorite lures for cool weather or wintertime fishing are small-to-medium-size crankbaits or 4-inch Finesse worms.

A large number of cold water anglers prefer to use a spinnerbait and a Carolina rig with a plastic worm.
To sum up good cold water bass fishing tactics

Fish slowly. Bass slow down as the water cools. They are less likely to hit fast moving bait, so slow your presentation down and give them time to eat your bait.

Fish steeper banks. Fisherman Magazine recommends fishing banks that have at least a 30 percent drop and 45 is better. Bass like to move vertically in a short distance during the winter so bluff banks are good.

Choose bait you can keep in one place on the bottom. A jig and pig is classic bait for cold water. Crawl it slowly along and make it stop and twitch when you bump cover. A jigging spoon moved up and down in one place works well. Slow moving crankbaits and spinnerbaits slow rolled, or crawled, on the bottom are also good.

Fish Deeper. Bass tend to hold deep in the winter, so look for the ends of long points, steep bluff banks and creek channels. They hold there until there are several warm days, and then they move up into more shallow water.

Be patient. Don't expect a lot of bites, but the ones you get may be big bass. Take your time and wait on that one big bite.

Dress for the weather. You can't catch bass if you are miserable or if you can't stay out there. Get warm clothes and layer so you can adjust. Be sure you have something with you that will protect from rain and stop the wind, too.

Via - http://www.bigfishtackle.com/

World Record bass on El Salto?
3:30 PM | Author: Tech Tactical


The Big Bass Outlaws Trailer!
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High Tech Fishing Lures on the rise 2009!
2:29 PM | Author: Tech Tactical








It was only a matter of time before fishing lures went ultra-high-tech. From afar, the new BioPulse might look like an innocent crankbait. Upon closer inspection, an angler is likely shocked by the complexity. The BioPulse is packed with science, with an aspect of the lure targeting a bass’ sound, vision, smell, taste and vibration awareness.

Technology from some of America’s leading biologists combined to create the BioPulse. Some of the amazingly advanced features include a Bite-Release
Cavity that makes the lure behave like a living food source when bitten and a sound emission/generation system that revolves around an advanced transducer system.

The Berkley Gulp! Alive! baits are in their second year of existence, and still pros are clamoring about the realism of the various products. A favorite for 2009 might be the new bass-luring Gulp! Alive! 3-inch Nuclear Nelly, which sports the shape of a sunfish with the appendages of a crayfish. The mix is already having an impact with professional anglers. Read More
Punisher Lures Fish Dope!
1:34 PM | Author: Tech Tactical
Punisher Fish Dope is a scent product like no other. Developed by Stephen Headrick and professional Dale Hollow smallmouth bass guide Bobby Gentry, it’s the best scent on the market today.

Most anglers realize that the longer a fish holds onto the lure the better. An extra second or two can make a world of difference at the end of the day. Punisher Fish Dope does just that with its fish attracting scent and fishy feel. It comes in four flavors – Shad, Crawfish, Garlic and Java Junky – each one carefully blended to combine just the right amounts of scent, flavor, slime (petroleum jelly) and salt. And, each is packaged in our new push-up container that helps avoid waste and keeps the scent and slime on your lure, not on your hands and clothing.
$5.99

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