Blade Bait Fishing for Winter BassBy Katherine Field - January 15, 2021
Blade baits are a great technique for that slower, bottom-oriented fishing that can put bass in the boat in cold water conditions. Bass, though somewhat lethargic, still will be feeding and keying in on small bait fish during these winter months.
The colder the water, the slower you will want your presentation, and the more refined you will want the wobble on your blade bait. If you are unsure, start with the snap in the middle adjustment point and move from there. In the winter I typically am looking for deeper points for bass to be staged on and preferably those near areas that get some winter sun exposure. South facing rocks walls and bluffs near deeper points are often areas I target, as those rocks will warm slowly in the winter sunshine.
As with all winter fishing, slow presentation is key. Cast your blade bait out as you would a jig and let it sink to the bottom. You can work the blade bait slowly toward you by slightly popping your rod up about half a foot to give the blade bait a few wobbles and then letting it naturally fall back to the bottom. You can reel in the slack slowly and continue to wobble that blade bait slowly back to you.
Often, I will get bit on the fall or when the blade bait connects with the bottom. The bite in the winter can be very subtle, you will feel a heaviness at the end of your line or even some slack, instead of the heavy thump you might be used to during warmer months. Just remember to go slow and experiment with the wobble and retrieve; those winter bass will give you a thrill!