Ah…, February. A time for the Ned rig! What is the Ned rig? Take a small shaky head jig, with a hook that seems a little tiny for black bass, and add a half of a 5” sinking worm, such as a Gary Yamamoto Senko, or similar, and there you have it! This rig is a crawfish imitation, and so it should be scooted and mini hopped, very slowly, across the bottom. Remember, a crawfish, one that is not in danger, moves rather slowly across the bottom, so…, if the imitation moves very slowly, the bite is likely to improve. Add some craw scent, and get ready! Try chunk rock bottom lake points. Ask a fishing associate what color is working now, cast one out, and let the fun begin!
The Alabama rig is working now! This is an exciting bait to fish, and many anglers have caught more than one fish on a single cast!!! Ask a fishing associate about this rig, how to fish it, and how to rig it. Take a rig home, and try it out on the lake.
The suspended jerk bait bite is on! Present this shad imitation bait above suspended bass, and employ a jerk and wait retrieve. The longer the wait, between jerk retrieves, the better.
Spinner baits are working – early, late, in the morning fog, and in the wind or rain. Try a 1/2oz. double willow blade spinner bait. Natural shad colors are working well.
There is a jig bite now. Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom. A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock. Just like with the Ned rig, it is hard to fish this bait too slowly. Right now, bass are at all levels, looking for the most comfortable mix of oxygen and water temperature they can find. Look for them, especially off or next to, main lake and secondary points. Try a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round or football head jig, brown, peanut butter and jelly, or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple. Add scent to your jigs.
Try fishing a drop shot rig, vertically. Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is. This technique works well, on suspended fish! Also try fishing a Rapala jigging lure, or a Shiver Minnow. These weighted lures sink medium fast, and can be vertically fished like a drop shot rig, and dart sideways, when twitched on or near the bottom.
Try a Jika or Zeka type rig. You can pick up a rig, or make your own. Ask a fishing associate how to put one of these rigs together, using parts available in the fishing department. This rig allows a creature bait, worm, grub, or other soft bait to move, freely, right on the bottom. Try this rig on a main or secondary lake point, and hold the rod tight!
Cold weather increases the need for home heating, which increases power consumption. Dam generation creates power. Generation from the dams causes current off main lake points, attracting the shad. Therefore, do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since fish congregate on and around these points, looking for shad and crawfish.
Black bass can be harder to find during the winter months. Keep looking, though, and you can find a group of hungry fish, waiting for you!!!
They are out there!!!
Good Luck and Good Fishing!