The key to locating and catching largemouth bass through the ice is locating pan fish.
Most bass are caught from waters four to twenty feet deep. Deep water fishing is mostly a winter, late fall or early spring form of fishing as the water is cold and the largemouth bass head for deeper water, leaving the rivers and streams alone during this time.
Fly fishing can work during this time of year but it is not the most recommended type of fishing. wet flies are used. Bait casting or trolling work best at this time of year when Largemouth Bass are found in deeper waters. a fish finder is essential if you do not know the water very well.
Stocking lakes and reservoirs with Largemouth Bass is pretty common these days. The largemouth bass has been introduced to countries around the world including many European countries. East Asia bass fishing is very popular as is bass fishing off the coast of Africa. However, Florida bass fishing is one of the top spots due to the few places outside of South America that have the Largemouth Bass, the Florida Largemouth Bass and the Peacock Bass in the same area.
In the 1940s, southern California lakes were stocked with largemouth bass and in the 1950’s, they were stocked with the larger Florida sub species. Not every lake was stocked with these fish: they were limited to deep lakes. The result is that these lakes grow many large fish. The largest largemouth, twenty-two pounds four ounces, was taken from Montgomery Lake in Georgia.
In deep lakes, bass inhabit the same structures as as they do in shallow lakes, only the submerged formations are very deep. Again, largemouth bass only go deep if the overall water conditions and weather above is cold. Generally they do not go deep in the summer. Another reason for going deep in the winter is this is where their food moves. in fact, a good rule of thumb is that largemouth bass can be found in the first five feet of water in the summer.
If you want to be successful trolling for deep-water lunkers, be prepared for the expenses. A depth finder is needed for finding structures at depths exceeding eighty feet, and the lures are often snagged on bottom obstacles at a cost of $5.00 per lure.
These techniques work best in the southern United States lakes. After attending a fishing conference, we found out that southern bass anglers recommend using the Boy Howdy in silver with black back. Move this lure through the water with steady reeling and the occasional twitch. Pause once in a while as it is move through the weeds. Notice the front and rear propeller heads.
Use large reels, a heavy rod, lead-core line testing up to thirty pounds and large deep-diving crank baits and lures resembling small rainbow trout.
When trolling for deep-water largemouth bass, you may have over 100 yards of line between the rod and the lure. Tension between the rod and the lure is weak so holding the rod, rather than using a holder will provide greater sensitivity for subtle strikes.
The key to locating and catching largemouth bass through the ice is locating pan fish – small pan sized fish, much like the common sunfish.
Pan fish get the attention of largemouth bass. Without the presence of pan fish, the probability of catching largemouth bass drops to nil. Now just because the lake is covered by a sheet of ice does not mean that the largemouth bass do not enjoy the same cover as they do in summer. Find locations that have weeds is another requirement to catching largemouth bass. The term pan fish is used bait fish and also smaller fish used for camp frying in the pan.
One of the weeds that bass are attracted to our the cabbage weeds. They stay green throughout much of the winter even in very low light. It provides good cover for many fish and offers up oxygen and food as well.