In this article I am going to discuss the three main considerations for you when fishing through the ice for bass. The first thing I’m going to cover is what are the best baits to use in the winter for fishing bass. The next thing you’ll need know is where to fish. And the final thing I will cover is the best way to present your bait.
But before we get into that there’s one more thing I want to cover. That is before venturing out onto the ice you should always make sure it is safe enough to support you. The last thing you want is to be heading out for a fun day of fishing and end up falling through.
What are the best baits for catching bass in the winter through the ice?
Well minnows are the obvious choice, but what minnows there several different kinds to choose from. My first choice of minnow for catching bass would be the golden shiner. Right behind the golden shiner I would choose the silver shiner. My third choice of minnow would be the sucker minnow.
Bass have large mouths and can take in a large bait. I like to use minnows in the 4 to 5 inch size range.
Where to fish for bass in the winter?
In the early winter when the ice is still relatively thin, I prefer to fish in shallower water in a 3 to 5 foot depth range. But later in the winter as the ice gets thicker I like to move to deeper water. 8 to 12 feet deep is what I find to be the best. I also look for drop-offs and like the fish toward the bottom edge of the ledges.
How to present your bait?
I like to hook the minnow just under the big fin on the back, I use a three prong treble hook, and I don’t use a leader. I then lower the minnow down so it is about 1 foot off the bottom of the lake.
In conclusion I hope that you can use these tips to help you get some more bass this winter, and good luck fishing, also don’t forget to be safe.