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With temps. falling drastically, I have had mild success lately, but nothing to brag about.

Got any stories of success or failure in the cold and still getting colder weather?

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I usually dont do well this time of year either. Just hang in there, either you'll figure out some magical pattern, or spring will come. Have fun and good luck!

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Find healthy weeds, find bass right now.  Give them something big.

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Have had success fishing a trickworm with a small bullet weight(1/8 oz) and straight shank hook(3/0) on a spinning rod with light line.

Caught fish with it on cold mornings, daytime, and at night go figure

I have been just dragging it slowly in bare areas, although in grass I will reel in til I feel a clump(offshore grass) pull it through, shake it, let it sit, the lift the rod tip and that is when the bite comes

The set up is just like a shaky head :)

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The best cold water story I have happened on Feb. 14th in the late 80's in SW Iowa.  I went to a small pond with my float tube because most of the ice had melted.  Threw a jig n pig up on the ice, pulled it off and let it sink in about 12' of water.  Felt a little tap, set the hook, and pulled up one a little over 5#.  Next cast, did the same thing and caught my PB at the time, 8 3/4#.  

My top 5, from 9.40 to 10.25, in Texas have all been caught between November and March.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!   :)

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The only thing Iv caught within the last couple week's up here in Upstate New York was a cold ;D!!! I cant seem to find the fish at all!! Iv caught one dink SMB doing what I hate to do sit there and just drag a tube within the last couple weeks. Water temps between 50 and 54 iv been finding good healthy deep weed's been dragging tubes, DS deep structure and throwing everything in my arsenal to no avail. Im winterising my boat this weekend ill be rigging up my tip ups for ice and dusting off the rifels it is time to hunt!! I know a couple weeks after I put the boat in the garage Im gonna be going NUT'S :'(!! If anyone from a warm climate needs a fishing partner for a weekend at all this winter give me a hollar!! haha

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LOL Bring that boat down here to Florida, I'll fish with ya!

Actually it's been gettin' pretty nice and chilly out here the past 2 days, and I haven't been able to find the fish too well either... Caught one decent one yesterday on a Rage Tail Anaconda but couldn't seem to get anymore to bite today (yet at least)... I think they do want big baits though right about now, tryina' get fat for the winter!

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HA!!

Catchin' fish yesterday, tryin' to get em today...thats the life!!

It was in the low 40's today, and the only thing I have caught in the last two weeks was a small large-mouth on a pumkin colored zoom worm, and it literally hit less than two feet from the shoreline...other than that..notta!

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Actually it's been gettin' pretty nice and chilly out here the past 2 days,

Yeah, weird isn 't it ? it 's been chilly and windy down here too, what are we gonna do ? we ain 't used to fish 75° degree weaher.  :D

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48 degree water last time I was out and smallies still ON FIRE!

If this year is like the last few, the smallies will bite till around the begining of December.

Just gotta stand the cloder air, cover alot of water to find the schooled up fish, then whack 'em!

I love this time of year for river smallies :)

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48 degree water last time I was out and smallies still ON FIRE!

If this year is like the last few, the smallies will bite till around the begining of December.

Just gotta stand the cloder air, cover alot of water to find the schooled up fish, then whack 'em!

I love this time of year for river smallies :)

Do you have any advice on how to catch these? If you are catching them, maybe you could tell some of us your techniques so we can catch some too.

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Nothing special......

The pool I'm fishing is deep and slow and is a wintering area. I usually begin by fishing relatively shallow (6 feet of less) with a jerkbait. That has produced my largest fish.

I then move deeper and drag tubes slowly and fish a drop shot slowly. These techniques have produced numbers.

I have been fishing this area for quite a few years and can usually hit a few spots till I locate schools. The key is to cover water and find them, then use different techniques and see what works.

It's been about a week since I've been out. We had a cold snap the last 3-4 days. It forecasted to warm back up, into the high 50's and low 60's again. I'm sure the water has fallen 3-4 degrees so things may change again, won't know till I head out Sunday ;)

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