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Just curious - what lure or lure type have you all caught the most bass with this winter?  Mine have mainly been caught on different lipless crankbaits (varied according to sky and water conditions), with some luck on plastic worms.  I realize people are fishing various conditions and places, so just wondering what has been working for you (if you can list whether you're fishing ponds, creeks, deep lakes or rivers, WWDs, etc., that will be helpful too!).  

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here is a similar post that has ran for awhile

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5 minutes ago, Weedwhacker said:

here is a similar that has ran for awhile

Thank you - I noticed that one, and will definitely be looking through it.  I'm hoping to see what people say for winter bass in particular. 

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the few fish I have caught this winter were on a white suspending jerkbait and a ned rig.

we have hard water here. Hoping for a warming trend. A couple heavily fished power plant lakes are the only option until it warms. 

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2 minutes ago, Weedwhacker said:

the few fish I have caught this winter were on a white suspending jerkbait and a ned rig.

we have hard water here. Hoping for a warming trend. A couple heavily fished power plant lakes are the only option until it warms. 

Yep, I've been "forced" to fish a nearby WWD area, as some of the ponds I frequent have been frozen over (although not sure about now after this last warm spell).  What size was the jerkbait you used?  I've been trying ones ranging from 1/8 to 1/2 oz (~2.5 inches long to 4.5 inches).  Still haven't had luck on those yet, but also haven't fished them as much as the lipless.  

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4.5 inch 1/2 oz jerkbait.  Bite has been pretty slow for me.

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I'm not sure when should I count as winter for SoCal. It was pretty warm winter. From December I caught the most on jerkbait a few on Fluke and a few on finesse jig.

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Well, our winter came really late, with a vengeance. We even had "hard water" on all the ponds. There was ice on the big lakes in certain areas and on moving creeks! I've never seen that before and I have a few years on me. So I just kept fishing the same things until it turned really cold. Then I didn't fish for a few weeks. Went Sunday for a couple hours and caught one on a jig. I got two bite on it and one on a weightless Trick Worm. My fault that I only caught one. In bigger waters, the lipless crank has been good to me in the coldest months.

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When I was able to do some "true winter" fishing every bass I caught was on a jig.

 

Of late since my local lakes froze over I have been running down to a warm water discharge (Nuke plant) where the water has been 45 - 48 degrees and a variety of presentations work.

 

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I have caught the most with a finesse jig and subtle craw trailer, followed by a jerkbait, and then a flat-sided crankbait.

 

Our lakes have been frozen solid for the last 3 weeks so there has been no fishing for me since December.  I need to get a Kansas license and hit the power plant lakes over there from what I have seen from @Bluebasser86.  He has brought in some hawgs over there though it is an hour and a half drive for me.

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36 minutes ago, senile1 said:

He has brought in some hawgs over there though it is an hour and a half drive for me.

I have had to run about 2 hours south to get to that open water but by the time Saturday rolls around I am chomping at the bit to make that drive. :D

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11 minutes ago, Turtle135 said:

I have had to run about 2 hours south to get to that open water but by the time Saturday rolls around I am chomping at the bit to make that drive. :D

I would normally agree, but I have so much going on personally right now that I am not sure I will be able to get over there any time soon.  I would probably only get to go once, twice, or maybe not at all before Spring.  Between my work, my Mom in a nursing home 6 hours away, and the weather it may be difficult to get there this winter.  

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Black bear hair jig is the best overall winter bait for me.

 

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Zman TRD finesse jig in green pumpkin with a Zman Batwingz trailer in green pumpkin/red flake.  I dip the last 1/2" of the trailer in red Spike It.   

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Thank you for the responses, gents!  It's nice to see what's working for people, and awesome to see choices that I haven't really considered.  Keep em coming!  

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15 hours ago, senile1 said:

  I need to get a Kansas license and hit the power plant lakes over there from what I have seen from @Bluebasser86.  He has brought in some hawgs over there though it is an hour and a half drive for me.

Bad thing is, you could make that drive and completely blank really easily. I fished Monday in the rain, sleet, and snow (normally means good fishing in the winter there), for 2 fish with the biggest being 2.5lbs. The guy that went with me never had a bite. 

 

My best baits have been a shakyhead, beaver on a homemade brush jig shakyhead, and a jerkbait.

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Beaver on the homemade brush jig/shakyhead

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Unfortunately I haven't caught any bass this winter. Haven't had many opportunities to do so. Nothing seemed to work when I did get to. Only thing I've caught this winter is a bullhead catfish on a crappie jig that had a little piece of Ol' Monster used in place of the normal jig tube body.

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5 hours ago, MichaelCopeland said:

Unfortunately I haven't caught any bass this winter. Haven't had many opportunities to do so. Nothing seemed to work when I did get to. Only thing I've caught this winter is a bullhead catfish on a crappie jig that had a little piece of Ol' Monster used in place of the normal jig tube body.

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At least you caught something!  I had a period of a couple weeks or so where my only catches for a while were snagged gizzard shads lol, so I feel your pain.  I did catch a snakehead during that time... This was beginning of January I believe or end of December.  Since then, I've been paying close attention to the tides and conditions and have pulled in a few (all on lipless crankbaits).  Keep at it! 

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Haven't had much time on the water this winter, did a little crappie fishing with mild success. Got out for about a 30 minute span to bass fish with one of my sons (age 3) and some friends kids with snow on the ground.  First cast, caught a 2.5 lber on an old crankbait I've had in my box for years and don't know the name.  My friends 8 year old girl caught a nice 3 lber on a Mann's Baby 1- I set her up with.  Then I caught another 2.75 lber on that old blue crankbait again.  It was so cold, we didn't last much longer than that with the little ones.  But fun to get out.  

 

So short answer: crankbaits

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The roostertail!  Simplistic but effective.

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13 minutes ago, reggieab said:

The roostertail!  Simplistic but effective.

I'll echo that statement. I caught two LMB last Sunday off a chartreuse roostertail. 

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6 hours ago, Hog Basser said:

Haven't had much time on the water this winter, did a little crappie fishing with mild success. Got out for about a 30 minute span to bass fish with one of my sons (age 3) and some friends kids with snow on the ground.  First cast, caught a 2.5 lber on an old crankbait I've had in my box for years and don't know the name.  My friends 8 year old girl caught a nice 3 lber on a Mann's Baby 1- I set her up with.  Then I caught another 2.75 lber on that old blue crankbait again.  It was so cold, we didn't last much longer than that with the little ones.  But fun to get out.  

 

So short answer: crankbaits

That's awesome that you all had such good luck in such a short span of time!  Sounds like a fun time. 

5 hours ago, reggieab said:

The roostertail!  Simplistic but effective.

Can't forget the old rooster tail.  Aka dink slayer lol.  I'm sure they're solid on bigger bass too. 

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I've caught 3 bass this winter... apparently that isn't too bad for someone who is choosing winter to get into bass fishing for the first time. Lol. Two were on yamasenkos (red pumpkin w/ black and green flake), then when I finally got the stuff I needed for a proper ned rig, I caught one on the second to last cast of the day about a week ago. Used a pink bubblegum TRD (don't laugh, that's all my Cabela's carries right now, though they are getting others in... one of these days!) and a 1/15 oz Z man shroomz jig head. None were over a pound though, but a dink is better than nothing! I also caught a few catfish on senkos, and a few catfish on other baits: 2 in my pond with a bass tube, and one on a magnum zoom lizard. So right now, the senkos are in the lead with about 4!

 

Still trying to watch something on the Yum Dingers, but I think I may have the wrong color.

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