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Which season do you dislike the most?  

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Summer is generally my least favorite. You can catch fish at night and first thing in the morning. Other than that, it’s tough… I caught my 3rd biggest fish ever in July though…

The only exception to this is in winter after a hard cold front passes . I rarely even try anymore when that happens…

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Summer in south Florida is my least favorite time of the year.  This is not because bass are not there, but as a senior fisherman the humidity is so hard on me.  I fish early or late, and off the water by 10 AM. or not on the water until the sun is low in the west.  It takes a real toll any other time.

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Many fishermen look forward to the Fall, but frankly, fall is the toughest part of the year for me. I am usually very consistent through spring and summer, but by mid-September, every pattern I'd dialed in on in the summer is out the window! I notice the fish move off of the structure and off the banks, and bait is schooling up offshore. Locating fish isn't usually too difficult, but for some reason getting bites is. I have had good days when the fish are obviously on the feed. However, there are many more days when I can locate the bait, and locate the fish very close by, and just cannot get bit. Honestly by the time October rolls around I'm already looking forward to January and February. The fishing may not be red hot, but I can generally dial in on a pattern and have some fun.

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On 3/6/2023 at 1:39 PM, Bankc said:

Winter, by far.  I might catch one bass from January to February, if I'm lucky. 

 

Spring is second.  Around here it's hard to find days where you can safely get on the water in spring.  It's either too windy or severe storms.  It'd be different if I didn't have to work weekdays, as there are good days in the spring, but it's luck of the draw if they fall on a weekend.  Two years ago, I didn't have one decent day from late February until the third week of May that I could get out on a lake. 

 

Summer is tough, but nowhere near as tough as winter.  I can usually catch at least one bass each time I go out, even if I do have to brave 100°+ temperatures.

 

You have tough weather conditions: wind, extreme heat, and winter bass with clamped jaws.

 

"Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain" ain't just a song lyric, huh?

 

I'm like Alex in that I haven't sampled Spring yet. Summer was easier than Fall, as the deeper I fished into Fall, the fewer fish I caught. I'm hopeful for Spring. We'll see!

 

On 3/6/2023 at 6:33 PM, Woody B said:

I still struggled to catch them. 

 

Gosh, Woody, it doesn't look like you've struggled. You've posted fine fish many times. 

 

On 3/6/2023 at 7:24 PM, JediAmoeba said:

Spring is the best for huge bass,

 

I sure hope so!

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1 hour ago, ol'crickety said:

 

You have tough weather conditions: wind, extreme heat, and winter bass with clamped jaws.

 

"Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain" ain't just a song lyric, huh?

 

I'm like Alex in that I haven't sampled Spring yet. Summer was easier than Fall, as the deeper I fished into Fall, the fewer fish I caught. I'm hopeful for Spring. We'll see!

Yeah, there's a corridor that runs from west Texas up through the Dakotas that is the windiest part of the country (outside of some mountain peaks).  Central Oklahoma is the transition zone where the cold, dry artic air from the northwest gets funneled down by the Rockies and often meets the hot and humid air pushed up from the Gulf of Mexico in the southeast.  

 

There are a good number of bass pros from Oklahoma, and I'm betting its due to the fact that if you can do well here, you can do well anywhere.  

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Winter is the toughest for me just because we get a lot of high winds in the winter, which makes positioning tough in my kayak. Plus I hate being cold (though cold for me would be a nice warm spring day for many of y'all). The fishing is usually still great for me during the winter, but the above water weather is just so much more of a pain to deal with.

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My toughest time of year is late winter into early Spring.  The next three-ish weeks to be specific.

 

Shallow ponds are easier, but I struggle with finding fish in deeper waters trying to time their move to the shallows.

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I don't fish the winter season in Minnesota.  As far as my least favorite season it would have to be summer.  The fishing pressure and boat traffic is quite high where I fish. My success the last few years has been dismal at times.  I have been thinking I need another game plan for the summer.  In contrast the spring and especially the fall I almost have the lake to myself.  The whole experience fishing these times of year better.  More of an outdoors feeling.

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