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Buzzbait In 56-58 Water Temps. Confidence?

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I'm in WNC, on not a large or small lake (Around 600 acres).  Lots of standing timber. In spring/summer I have confidence on this lake with buzzbaits.  However, past 3 trips have not got much off them when looking to put in boat a bigger fish.  This lake has quality size bass (6-10 pound range). 

 

Just curious, do others have confidence when throwing a buzzbait in water under 58.   Today just seemed perfect for it. Full cloud cover...but nothing.

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I don't have a lot of confidence in topwater baits in that water temp.  You can get bit on topwater in that temp range, but I always feel there's better ways to approach the fish than topwater when the water gets cooler.

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You can catch the at the temp but it's probably not the best thing you could be throwing....

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I do better in the spring, when water temps are rising than in the fall in that temp. range. That's most likely do to the fact that the fish are becomming more active as the water's temp. rises. In the fall, with dropping temps. they're movement is away from the shallows and a buzzbait isn't known for calling fish up from deep water.  Although nothing beats topwater when it comes to exciting fishing, there are a number of different presentations that are more suited to that temp. range (spring or fall).

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I've had success with a buzz baits in water in the low 60's. Any lower than that, I don't have much confidence in any top water lure.

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The only time I have success with a buzzbait in water temps that low is when there has been a warming trend of at least 4-5 days.

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I would agree, I'd want a warming trend, then fish it in the afternoon on that bright sunny day when the fish have moved up to sun themselves and are a bit more active. But the conditions you listed there probably was better options for sure to catch fish on then the buzzbait.

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Have a buddy that caught a 7.8 at lake of the ozarks December 18th last year on a black omega buzz. Can catch them in it but you won't catch me throwing it. Just feel there are better tactics.

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Yeah you can get bit in that temperature range, especially by smallies. I tend to wait till 60 degrees to really fish topwaters though.

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I disagree. I catch largies in fall when the temps in the higher 40's.Smallies the same -The Florida strain bass is not good and Im not down south to really give you statistics on that. Usually if the water temp is in the mid to lower 50' I have total confidence throwing them in late fall- I usually catch my biggest fish of the year at that time. I see schooling bass-I throw it right in the middle of them then around the perimeter. I also concentrate on rocks /rip rap and boulders -They hold heat better-Most anglers abandon this bait way too early-Of coarse they don't catch them on it when they don't throw it. just keep throwing it and gain the confidence-Again you will catch some giants on it this time of year.

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