Florida Largemouth Bass are slower and continue their progression towards deeper water in the winter months. As was the case in autumn, Florida largemouth bass become slower and strike more out of a reaction to defend their territory or to defend themselves.
Where are the Florida Largemouth Bass?
When the water reaches 50°F/10°C, the Florida Largemouth Bass school together and barely move. They do not actively feed like as they do in warmer weather.
They migrate from the shallows where there are submerged trees and rock piles to deep areas of the lake regardless of the nature of the lake or river bottom. However, they still prefer the cover of of debris like sunken logs or rocks, but this time of year it is temperature that drives them.
Where to Fish?
The best way to locate the bass during winter is with the use of a boat and a fish finder. It is unlikely that you will find any bass located near the shoreline during winter. The only exception to this is if spawning begins early. Instead, move out to the deeper parts of the lake and troll in a lawn mowing pattern.
The best crankbaits imitate baitfish or crawfish, which just happen to be top bass foods. Right-size your crankbait for the bass you are going after. Remember that you are trying to anger the bass, not feed them. Noisy lures are effective so long as they are not too loud. Use too big a lure and you will go home empty.
Spinner baits are another effective trolling lure in winter, especially as you need to cover a lot of water until you find a good spot. If you are fishing a new territory, contact the local bait shop or lodge for information on where the bass can be found. A good guide is well worth the money and can turn a frustrating trip into a highly successful one.