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What's the coldest water temp you caught a bass (LM or SM) on a top water? What lure was it? In what area?

I'll go first...

It was the Northeast River, MD late November last fall. The water was 49F. I came up to a floating mat on a weed flat and noticed a bluegill hanging out in a hole. I picked up my SPRO frog, and caught three quality LM bass in about an hour. I think that's pretty chilly for frog fishing.

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<---- This one was caught in late October last year on a Booyah Pad Crasher. It was about 29 degrees and raining. I caught it about 12 feet off the bank in open water, which was maybe 4 feet deep. I was fishing from shore working it like you would a suspending jerkbait. with very very small jerks. jerk....jerk..........jerk.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................takes a nap...................................................jerk.....slurp!

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I have caught frog fish in high 40/low 50 degree water before

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Last trip of the season this year up here in MN.. a fellow member and I were fishing a lake with water temps between 36-38 degrees and we caught 4 fish on smaller 4" hard bodied swimbait worked slowly as a topwater. It was one of the last things we tried with the water temp being so cold, but fish were breaking the surface chasing bluegills and it worked...

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Largemouth, buzzbait, 51F  Barely a ripple.  It was just gone and I felt pressure.  I set the hook and it weighed maybe 2 lbs.  It was in flooded timber.  We were working a creek channel bend in about 6ft of water and it was dropping to about 13ft.

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I've caught quite a few in high 40/low 50 degree water twitching floating Rapalas. I'm not sure what the water temp was because I was fishing out of my old 2 man without a depthfinder but I caught one with this technique when there was ice in the backs of the coves. 

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Zoom Super Fluke running on the surface.  Had many hit the bait several feet out of the water, water temps were in the high 40's

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November 16th, '09 in 41 degree water. I caught a 7lb 10oz bass on a Rage Shad. I was out before sun up, and I still had a Green Pumpkin/Chartreuse Shad on from the night before, and figured, hey, what the heck. I threw it up into the bushes on the shoreline, eased it into the water, and as soon as I did, it got crushed! Wasn't expecting that one, but that was my new PB at the time, and it stood for 2 1/2 years! Silly bass!

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Christmas Day 2012   Nolin lake,   Air temp was 18 that morning. Water temp was 38, I got whooped by my nephew.  He caught 18, I caught 2  Some of the creeks were frozen over on the top with about a 1/4 of ice.

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April 3, 2009  Water temp 39 Air temp 45 on a black single bladed buzz bait. 2lb. 13oz.  Larger of two I caught that day on that bait.  The latest was on Dec. 3 2010 unkown water temp (fishing from shore, but guessing it was down in low 40's) Air temp 52 on a Super Spook 3lb. 7oz

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Water temp. ~ 40*F, fishing for wipers with a big ol' Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper. The lure is about 7" long and weighs 2 oz. 

 

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I was ripping it in open water about 15 ft. deep over a submerged point when a bass just barely longer than the lure absolutely smashed it.

 

They ain't always where you think they are :Idontknow:

 

Tom

 

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