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Hey. I am in southern Ontario, and I'm itching to do some bass fishing. I am wondering how far south in the states I would have to drive to fish for bass in winter?

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Tennessee river system was good to me last week. Also some dude caught a 14 lb bass in chickamauga last week! There are probably locations closer to you with open water though. 

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Below the Mason-Dixon line.

Tom

 

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6 hours ago, WRB said:

Below the Mason-Dixon line.

Tom

 

I live 10 miles below the line and it's 0 outside with a  -8 wind chill this morning. I'd keep driving South, maybe to Tennessee and try there...lol:)

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There is only one my friend . . . . The good ol F L😁

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Was out yesterday and it was ten degree's in morning....with the wind blowing not sure what it was....fish were biting though.

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8 hours ago, WRB said:

Below the Mason-Dixon line.

Tom

 

I'm not too far from the line, and other than WWDs, gotta have an auger right now. I'm talking the Admiral into  2 weeks in Costa Rica, shouldn't be too hard, but if that falls through I have my "the Keys need our $s right now" speech ready to go.

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In Maryland my local lakes froze over last week. I was out on Saturday and Sunday on the Tidal Potomac River. Water as 35 - 37 degrees. Went back out yesterday and even the Tidal water froze over where I could not get the kayak out.

 

Go further south than Maryland - Virginia.

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58 minutes ago, reason said:

I'm not too far from the line, and other than WWDs, gotta have an auger right now. I'm talking the Admiral into  2 weeks in Costa Rica, shouldn't be too hard, but if that falls through I have my "the Keys need our $s right now" speech ready to go.

It's going to be 82 today, we could use some winter weather. There is the Pacific Fleet stationed in San Diego. 

Tom

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Just now, WRB said:

It's going to be 82 today, we could use some winter weather. There is the Pacific Fleet stationed in San Diego. 

Tom

Yeah I know. I spent some time in San Diego, and Port Hueneme with the Navy. Your mako fishing doesn't get the press it deserves.

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6 hours ago, reason said:

Yeah I know. I spent some time in San Diego, and Port Hueneme with the Navy. Your mako fishing doesn't get the press it deserves.

The ultimate toothy fish. Mako can shred a $$$ trolled Marlin lure and bite through 1/8" SST leaders, lots of fun and good jumpers.  Not too many big mako's around anymore.

Big storm comming tommorrow it may sprinkle .10 and I plan to start my pre spawn months very soon.

Tom

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I'm in central Florida. Going down in to the 30's tonight but back to the 70's by the end of the weekend. We just aren't used to this crap and hope we don't have to get used to it. Supposed to fish in shorts/t-shirts/flip flops all year !

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2 minutes ago, davecon said:

I'm in central Florida. Going down in to the 30's tonight but back to the 70's by the end of the weekend. We just aren't used to this crap and hope we don't have to get used to it. Supposed to fish in shorts/t-shirts/flip flops all year !

My aunt and cousins livein Florida and it seems this happens every year........ code orange tree panic mode 

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Hoping to not have to go all the way to Florida. I want to drive south until I run into a lake with no ice on it

13 hours ago, reason said:

I'm not too far from the line, and other than WWDs, gotta have an auger right now. I'm talking the Admiral into  2 weeks in Costa Rica, shouldn't be too hard, but if that falls through I have my "the Keys need our $s right now" speech ready to go.

Where is the Mason-Dixon Line?

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8 minutes ago, Fishyfist said:

Hoping to not have to go all the way to Florida. I want to drive south until I run into a lake with no ice on it

Where is the Mason-Dixon Line?

between maryland and PA on the coast, not sure on the other states.  

I live in Central VA and this cold snap has frozen over a bunch of the lakes i fish and we are supposed to not be above freezing for about a week.  

 

I'd keep going further south lol

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Since our lakes are all reservoirs they rarely if ever freeze in the main channel

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South of Indiana. We haven't gotten above 10 for a week. In only 30 minutes from Kentucky. Id say minimum middle of tennessee for a decent bite

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14 hours ago, WRB said:

The ultimate toothy fish. Mako can shred a $$$ trolled Marlin lure and bite through 1/8" SST leaders, lots of fun and good jumpers.  Not too many big mako's around anymore.

Big storm comming tommorrow it may sprinkle .10 and I plan to start my pre spawn months very soon.

Tom

We use to have a really good mako fishery in the east coast, you still catch a few here and there, but the numbers and size have been on a steady decline for quite some time. The threshers are still around. 

 

8 hours ago, Fishyfist said:

Where is the Mason-Dixon Line?

Runs the south pennsylvania border, then turns south at Delaware. I like a lot of other folks thought it was further south, like the VA/SC border, but in my defense, I'm from NYC, so everything south of exit 7A is the south, and everything north of White Plains is Canada.^_^

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Been living in Tennessee for bout six years now and so far have fished all the winters....Norris is amazing in winter....have heard good things from other waters close by too.

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Here in central VA we are iced up, keep driving south. Add shallow water due to 3 month drought along with sub-freezing temps and its a mess.

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Looks like a few weeks of artic express freezing winter storm weather throughout most of the country east of the Rockies! the OP may be driving to Mexico or the west coast.

Tom

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This past weekend I meet a fisherman from Canada that was fishing in the same body of water I was. He approached me while I was fishing with my better half and I gave him some tips to catch fish. He seemed very happy that he was in South Florida, and not so happy that it was his last day before going back to Canada. I ended up catching lots of largemouth bass, peacock bass, and other fish this past weekend and plan on fishing this weekend coming up.

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Power plant lakes are good fishing and way closer than natural open water. I was fishing soft water in single digits yesterday in Kansas.

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2 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Power plant lakes are good fishing and way closer than natural open water. I was fishing soft water in single digits yesterday in Kansas.

Wow! you are more dedicated than I am. Do you Know if La Cygne is open. I was assuming with our cold spell, the ramps would be frozen over.

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16 minutes ago, Weedwhacker said:

Wow! you are more dedicated than I am. Do you Know if La Cygne is open. I was assuming with our cold spell, the ramps would be frozen over.

It was open yesterday, and we caught some toads.

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