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Jerkbait Fishing Winter Bass | 4 Tips to Dial-in the Bite

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Oklahoma bass pro Chad Warren is a big fan of chasing winter bass with Umbrella rigs and jerkbaits but is quick to pivot to the jerkbait when the bass visibly ignore his A-rig. Warren demonstrates how to use live sonar technology (Garmin LiveScope) to selectively target active bass while making on-the-fly cadence and lure changes based on each fish’s temperament (gear links at the bottom).

Here are Warren’s Top 4 Winter Jerkbait Tips:

Study the mood of each fish. Bass activity level and behavior often change day-to-day, from hour to hour, and even fish to fish. Make cadence and bait tweaks based on what live sonar is telling you.

Target bass higher in the water column. Better yet, target a group of “high riders” for the greatest chance of getting one to bite. While we used to think active bass hovered just below bait schools, LiveScope shows us that active feeding bass will suspend above the bait, high up in the water column. Groups of bass are usually more competitive than singles so prioritize schools of high riders over the rest.

Get the jerkbait to the fish quickly and naturally before it’s gone. Cast past the bass and work the bait up to it before it swims out of range.

Keep your foot on the trolling motor when you locate fish. You’re not catching if you lose sight of the fish, so Warren advocates keeping your foot glued to the trolling motor pedal and eyes focused on keeping LiveScope trained on the fish.

TACKLE USED
• Garmin Panoptix LiveScope System:
• Garmin ECHOMAP 126sv:
• Garmin Force Trolling Motor:
• 6th Sense Provoke 106X Jerkbait:
• Abu Garcia REVO MGX Casting Reel:
• Falcon Cara Casting Rod​ 6’8″ Med Hvy:
• Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon Line, 12lb:

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One of the best times to fish for crappie is during the generating season, which usually the beginning of spring. Nevertheless, springtime can bring rainfalls, which can interfere with the typical pattern of crappie. This might likewise affect the method you fish, however not to fret, as fishing after heavy rain is still possible!

Continue reading as I discuss how heavy rainfall affects crappie habits and how you can still go crappie fishing after heavy rain.

Crappie Fishing Right After Heavy Rain

Did you just experience heavy rainfall and planned to go crappie fishing that day? Don't worry, there's still a possibility you'll get a catch, depending on how the fish were affected.

Unfortunately, chances are slim when catching crappie at this time. Why? Here are the changes that happen after the heavy rains:

The water temperature will drop significantly, remaining low until you see some sunshine Rain strips up stronger currents, which have the water turn murky, making crappie less visible Covers like fallen trees and brush piles may be destroyed from heavier rains and strong currents With that said, there is some good news to crappie fishing after rainfall. When thunderstorms occur, rains would wash small insects to the water, which can attract crappie back to shallow waters. That's why anglers also like to search for post-storm crappies, attracting schools of them!

This mostly sounds like bad news, doesn't it? It doesn't have to completely be! There are still ways to get around the issues mentioned above. Since crappie is sensitive to changes in the water, you'll simply need to adjust your fishing methods.

Here are ways you can fish for crappie after heavy rainfall

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